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The Strain
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:56:05 am »
The Strain - FX - (Summer 2014)

From Guillermo del Toro

Can't believe we haven't talked about this until now.

From FX...

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FX has placed a 13-episode order for the drama series The Strain from Academy Award® nominated Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse, which is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by del Toro and Hogan, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, the Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.

The Strain begins production later this month in Toronto and the series is scheduled to premiere in Summer of 2014 on FX.

Schrier and Grad said, "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."

Co-Creators, Executive Producers and Writers del Toro and Hogan co-wrote the pilot script for The Strain, which was directed by del Toro. Emmy® Award winning Writer and Producer Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) will serve as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Writer. Gary Ungar will also serve as Executive Producer. The series is produced by FX Productions.

"The Strain books are near and dear to my heart and now, Chuck and I have the blessing of a partnership with Carlton and FX that holds great promise," said del Toro. "Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support."

Cuse added, "Working with visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and the team at FX has been a dream come true for me. Guillermo's epic, cinematic pilot for The Strain starts a chilling and compelling story that will upend everything you thought you knew about vampires."

The ensemble cast stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez. The producers and FX Productions are recasting the role of "Professor Abraham Setrakian," which was previously held by John Hurt.

The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Writer, producer, director and novelist Guillermo del Toro has built his career on bringing fantasy and horror to vivid life. He wrote and directed the dark fairy tale Pan's Labyrinth, which garnered six Academy Award nominations, including one for del Toro for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. The film went on to win three Oscars. Named by The Hollywood Reporter as a "Master of Horror," del Toro’s other film credits include Pacific Rim, Hellboy and the upcoming Crimson Peak starring Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain.

Award-winning author Chuck Hogan co-wrote the apocalyptic vampire trilogy The Strain with del Toro. A New York Times best-selling writer, Hogan won the Hammett Prize for Excellence in crime writing for his book Prince of Thieves: A Novel, which became the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film The Town.

Showrunner Carlton Cuse is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning writer and producer, best known for the acclaimed ABC television series Lost. He was also an Executive Producer and Creator of television series Nash Bridges and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. In addition to writing and Executive Producing The Strain for FX, he developed and executive produces the A&E drama series, Bates Motel.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM, and FXX, its newest channel, which launched in early September 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans and The Bridge; the miniseries American Horror Story: Coven; and the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie, and Archer. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly.

FX Productions (FXP) produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, and Legit, and the drama series The Strain. FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, the critically acclaimed drama The Americans and the upcoming drama series The Bridge. FXP is also producing limited series and miniseries for FX and FOX.

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Re: The Strain
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 03:06:49 pm »
Never heard of it till you started this thread. Looks interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2014, 09:36:59 am »
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014, 09:37:25 am »
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2014, 11:42:40 am »
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 05:25:08 am »
The Pros and Cons of The Strain - IGN Conversation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xshi-_mEhJM

Seems there is more Cons than Pros. Still looking forward to the show regardless.
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2014, 10:01:42 am »
Interesting... I think I'm going to be be bias and give this more of a chance than the other shows. I have yet to be disappointed by Del Toro.

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2014, 06:52:44 am »
Pilot Episode Directed by Del Toro 1 hour 40 Minutes.

I walked away from Del Toro’s The Strain very pleased and excited. From beginning to end, this new series, the Pilot episode was engaging. Typically that’s tough waters to tread because you want to grab the attention of the viewer and you want to introduce the characters. And there are some very decent characters here.

The overall feel was typical of a Del Toro film. Rich textures and colors. The sound was important too and they just nailed it. There were a couple of times, it was pretty damn scary and in some cases people are going to turn their heads away. Since this is on FX, they have some liberties they take advantage of… Visually and language.

Highly recommend. Just when you think they’ve exhausted the Vampire genre, this little nugget appears. Nothing like I’ve ever seen before.

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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2014, 07:01:27 am »
I thought the Pilot episode was at least a month away. Didn't think it was upon us. I hope this is OnDemand as I want to check it out. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that it's on Sunday nights, correct? If yes, it should take a day or so before its on...OnDemand.
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2014, 07:23:58 am »
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2014, 09:55:07 am »

A Minute With: Guillermo del Toro on going full gore for TV


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(Reuters) - Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro doesn't seem to be holding much back in his often terrifying and visually arresting movies, and yet, he says television today allows him even more freedom to create.

The director behind blockbuster "Pacific Rim" and dark fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth" premiered his new TV thriller series "The Strain," based on a trilogy of books he co-wrote, on the FX cable channel this week.

"The Strain" chronicles the vampirization of society through a viral outbreak and the battle by Dr Ephraim Goodweather (played by Corey Stoll of "House of Cards") as the New York City public health official trying to stop its spread.

Del Toro, 49, talked to Reuters about his fondness for television, anatomically correct gore and infusing love in tales of horror.

Q: Why did you make the move to TV?

A: I became very enamored of the long-form narrative of TV and really loved the fact that you can develop notions and characters over a long period of time. In the case of something literary like "Deadwood" or "The Wire," it feels like you are reading a piece of literature.

You have the chance to explore ideas that ... don't open and close in the space of two or three hours, like they do in a movie. And that is a unique luxury.

The content also came from the fact that we have changed the way we consume stories on TV. So now an audience has a relationship with a drama that can last several years.

Q: Did FX put any restrictions on you?

A: Noooo (laughs). I wish I had a great story to tell, but the reality was the opposite. The week before I started shooting I got a unique phone call in my career from John Landgraf (president of FX Networks) and he said ... "You can be as off-kilter as you want." I certainly tried some things in the pilot that were edgy and it all went beautifully.

I wanted the idea that you can use these vampires and creatures and that you can use love; love as a guiding force that they remember and that guides them back to destroy the family. That is a concept I was very fond of in the book and that I really was afraid of losing. I wanted to make very clear these were not young, sparkling, beautiful vampires, but parasitic entities that are no-nonsense about the way they absorb and transform their victims.

Q: How far did you feel you could go in the gore department?

A: I tried to do a very forensic approach. I didn't want to make it cinematically cool. I wanted to make it very visceral and almost down to earth. I wanted to make it anatomically correct.

(In the killing of the first victim) what you see is a very systematic destruction of the human head, and I really wanted to make that element very medically real, but not gory in the sense of pictorial splashes of blood. I didn't want to make it cool violence, I wanted to make it effecting.

Q: We know about your childhood love of vampires, but were you also fascinated by medicine?

A: My parents had two encyclopedias in the library, one was an encyclopedia of art and the other was medical, volumes of family medicine with anatomical charts, and I remain to this day incredibly anatomically curious.

Q: What does the lead character Ephraim represent to you?

A: I wanted the hero to be a very flawed hero, heroic in ways that are not just testosterone-fueled, gun-toting ways you expect from a hero in a genre movie. He (Stoll) is really good at playing flawed characters that for some reason you find irresistible.

Q: Is the second season a done deal?

A: Not yet. But we have a very spotless record in the way we have managed the series. FX is very pleased that I remained involved throughout.

If we succeed, we start as a procedural genre piece that is going to get progressively idiosyncratic and with every passing season we can go to places a normal vampire tale never goes.
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2014, 10:01:24 am »
Still waiting for FX to put it up on Roku. Getting p*ssed........
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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2014, 12:05:17 pm »
How do you find out? Just manually check? FX have a site for that kind of information?
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2014, 12:39:19 pm »
Roku has all the channels. As soon as I log in, it pretty much displays all the new/ popular shows/episodes that are up.
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