I know that we have been covering pilot news, but the following pilot was spoke of towards the end of 2012 and we just want to say how excited we are about a scary take on vampires. Sorry True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human. The pilot we are gushing about revolves around Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain.
The Mexican Maestro stated the following about his project:
“We’re planning to shoot the pilot in August. Pacific Rim comes out in July. Right after Pacific Rim we go into pilot shooting. We are already prepping the pilot starting next week. The pilot has been approved so it’s green-lit. It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when. Our expectations are for FX to move ahead with the series next fall and winter and for the series to air in 2014.”
“Basically I’m trying to do what I do in my movies, which is to show it as a reality, but as a reality that is stylized. It’s not like ‘CSI’ or ‘The Wire’; it’s real, but it feels a little stylized. But the way the camera work will be is very realistic. We want to keep the camera very documentary even if the look of the show is not. The look of the show is very designed. The style of the camera and the storytelling will be very loose. It will evolve from that feel of reality, and little by little we want to evolve into a more stylish, horror feel that requires smoother camera moves, more suspense and atmosphere-driven moments so it will be a mixture. I don’t think that mixture has been seen a lot on TV.” (via MTV)
Here are the details of the book that this pilot is based on:
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.
Now, this show will also have to contend with another Guillermo del Toro tv show, The Incredible Hulk. This show is in pre-production and will hopefully air in 2014. Are these shows the signs of del Toro’s quest to conquer a new medium? Hope so.