Vampires are everywhere, on television, in movies, in books and even in car commercials. No matter where one turns it seems a vampire isn’t far behind, figuratively obviously not literally. While each vampire outlet depicts the vampire in the same light one thing is very clear, people are obsessed with the entire phenomena. This writer has dissected and re-evaluated the way Americans have become so obsessed with vampires and where it all first began. Perhaps it was with Anne Rice’s, Interview With A Vampire. That is where vampires went from being hideous creatures to beautiful, of course casting Brad Pitt as the lead vampire doesn’t hurt.
Both The CW and SyFy channels have already locked their audiences in with vampire related television shows, The Vampire Diaries, on The CW and Being Human on Syfy
The latest network to jump on the vampire bandwagon is the FX network with the show, The Strain, based on the books written by Guillermo del Toro of director of Pan’s Labyrinth, and Chuck Hogan.
Filming has just gotten underway in Toronto, Canada and the series is scheduled to premiere in July of 2014. Del Toro stepped in to direct the first pilot episode and remain on the employee roster along with his co-writer, Hogan, as executive producers of the series with the help of Carlton Cuse, who produced, Lost and Bates Motel, on a day-to-day basis.
The show is based around Dr. Ephraim Goodweather played by Corey Stoll, who runs the New York disease control and has been diving into a recent virus outbreak that links to an old strain of vampirism. The virus, of course as it should in every great thriller, the virus strain threatens all of humankind. This plot comes from the Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, FX programming alumni.
The series will stars exceptionally talented actors including Seam Astin, Natalie Brown, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez and Robert Malliet.
De Toro and Hogan are exceptionally passionate about this series because the books are so deep in their hearts and they are thrilled with the match up between their idea and the network that brought the world, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy.
The verdict is still out on this series will turn out, as it takes a rare form of vampire series, to earn success in such a competitive market. However, del Toro has a history of developing exceptionally well-done films.