If there's two things that seem like guaranteed draws in today's TV landscape, it would have to be the undead and the apocalypse. Shows like 'The Walking Dead,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'True Blood,' 'Revolution,' and 'Falling Skies,' have all carved out their own niche in pop culture, and 'Pan's Labyrinth' director Guillermo Del Toro would like nothing more than for his new FX series 'The Strain' to join their successful ranks.
'The Strain' follows the progression of a highly contagious virus that turns those it infects into bloodthirsty vampires, and the efforts of decorated CDC investigator Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his Canary Team of researchers to stop the spread. The outbreak begins on a New York City bound plane, with the situation escalating rapidly. Dr. Goodweather and his team may be all that stands between humanity and a monstrous future.
The trailer embedded below (appropriately) first debuted during Sunday's episode of 'The Walking Dead,' and FX itself has declined to comment on its rather cryptic contents. The promo contains no identifying features, and simply features two strange scenes involving NYC and (presumably) plague carrying rats. Check it out for yourself:
I wonder if that "found footage" aesthetic will carry over to the show proper? It would certainly put an interesting spin on things. Judging by the apparent rat infestation overtaking the city, I'd say that the vampires are probably chasing them out of their underground habitats. Either that or Willard decided to unleash his rat army once again.
Del Toro co-wrote the trilogy of novels that 'The Strain' is based on with author Chuck Hogan, and both will serve as executive producers on the series. Del Toro will also direct the pilot episode. Carlton Cuse (of 'Lost,' and' Bates Motel' fame) is on board as showrunner. 'The Strain' begins infecting TV screens everywhere in July.
I love how they're acting all scared of the rats, as if they're some deadly scary alien or something.
Message Posted On Dec 4th, 2013, 10:31 am
The Strain sucked ass in written form. The ending was truly atrocious.I deserve financial recompense from wasting hours of my life hoping something worthwhile happens to redeem such a crappy series. I can just imagine how horrible the series is.