While it’s known that Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming series ‘The Strain’ had been given a pilot order by FX, it wasn’t sure if the show would even be picked up as a series despite del Toro’s planned 3-5 season run. Well, I’m happy to share with you that FX has officially picked up ‘The Strain’ for a 13 episode first season!

This good news must mean that the pilot must have made the executives very happy to green light a first season, unlike the reaction that was given for their other comic book property that is still in development, ‘Powers’.

Apparently this is something that was already set to go before the announcement was made as filming is scheduled to begin later this month in Toronto and the series will debut in July of 2014!

According to the Presidents of Original Programming over at FX, Eric Schrier and Nick Grad:

“We could not be more excited to be moving forward with Guillermo, Carlton and Chuck on ‘The Strain.’ This is an epic story with stunning visuals and remarkable acting. ‘The Strain’ totally reimagines and reinvents the genre.”

With the trilogy garnishing mostly positive reviews and del Toro’s ability to make the fantastic come alive, that praise is probably well deserved from what they’ve been shown so far!

The network has had a very successful track record of darker and gritty shows stemming back to their 2002 crime drama ‘The Shield’ through its current hits ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘American Horror Story‘. As a huge fan of the network’s track record on darker shows as well as del Toro’s work, this is a series I’m very glad to hear that it was not only greenlit but that we’ll be seeing it on the air next year!

Are you excited to see del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ or should he stick with giant robots fighting aliens?

Novel Synopsis:

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months–the world.

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. 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.

Source: ComingSoon