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(Deadline)   Guillermo del Toro's vampire series The Strain gets pilot order at FX   (deadline.com) divider line 41
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2012-09-20 09:05:39 PM
Great series. I expect FX will do it justice.
 
2012-09-20 09:10:41 PM
It's about time someone make a movie or TV show about vampires. Their story needs to be told.
 
2012-09-20 11:29:47 PM
Yes, finally vampires will be badass motherfarkers again!
 
2012-09-20 11:31:23 PM
i only read the headline and im already tripping balls.
why are there spiders everywhere?
my monitor is the ocean.
i can see forever.
 
2012-09-20 11:35:43 PM

killzoe: Yes, finally vampires will be badass motherfarkers again!


Isn't it an awesome realization?!

www.vampirerave.com
 
2012-09-20 11:54:52 PM

Mugato: It's about time someone make a movie or TV show about vampires. Their story needs to be told.


I get tge sentiment, but what generalized subject hasn't been covered ad nauseum?

Families?
Cops?
Insert folks doing job x?
Aliens?

A well written show can pick vampire or aliens, future or past, and tell a gripping story regardless of the trappings.
 
2012-09-20 11:56:54 PM
del Toro?

I'm in.
 
2012-09-21 12:00:43 AM

Mugato: It's about time someone make a movie or TV show about vampires. Their story needs to be told.


I'm tired of everything having to be told in darkness, or candle light. I hope the vampires in this one are more resistant to sunlight, like it doesn't affect them at all. Then Blade can show up and kick their asses and stuff..
 
2012-09-21 12:12:27 AM
Read the trilogy. Surprisingly tame for a GdT story. A few cool ideas for sure, but too few and far between for a trilogy of books (or a few seasons of TV). I'd think it's definitely TV friendly though, since the story is simplistic and there really isn't anything excessive contained within. And TV viewers usually approve of the deus ex machina extracted wholly from the author's rectum more than film audiences do. I mean, if you're gonna go to that well, you may as well go big, like they did in Night Eternal.

I just dread the idea of yet another insufferable child character to base ridiculous plot contrivances around.

I'd think that the makeup artists and effects crew for Blade 2 should be the first call for this (especially since GdT directed that one too). The Reaper is almost the exact mental image I had of these guys.
 
2012-09-21 12:15:13 AM
I don't think the pros outweigh the cons on that one.
Following the above, now if you make your protagonist with the looks and personality of, say, Richard Simmons - something so different from the current ultra cheese vampire characters, I'd be in. Maybe bring back the old "cannot cross running water" so he is house bound by local plumbing and is forced to use craigslist to get victims to come over by promising to help you them farewell to weight (1 pint of blood is 2.2 pounds).
 
2012-09-21 12:22:58 AM

Old Man Winter: Maybe bring back the old "cannot cross running water"


That's actually part of the story.

Del Toro's vamps are very animalistic with the exception of "The Master". There's no romance between vamps and humans, it's just kill or be killed, in often violent and bloody ways. And just killing a vamp isn't enough to stop them. Their blood contains the vampire parasite that unless it's exposed to sunlight or UV rays can still turn a human.

Actually, just watch Blade 2. The vamps with the creepy tongues and splitting jaws are pretty much what the ones in the strain are like.
 
2012-09-21 12:27:09 AM

Mugato: It's about time someone make a movie or TV show about vampires. Their story needs to be told.


The vampires in "The Strain" trilogy a far from your traditional vampires.
 
2012-09-21 12:45:51 AM
Did anyone read the last book? I started it but it was so long since I read the second I couldn't remember all the damn details.
 
2012-09-21 12:48:15 AM
I look forward to this. I haven't read the books, but Del Toro is a boss and I enjoyed Cuse's work on L O S T.

Win win.
 
2012-09-21 12:56:56 AM

mialynneb: Did anyone read the last book? I started it but it was so long since I read the second I couldn't remember all the damn details.


I did.
 
2012-09-21 01:12:38 AM
If they're going to make another vampire TV series, they should base it on Charles Hustons's Joe Pitt Casebook.series of books.
Joe Pitt is a vampire who works as an unlicsened private eye in NYC and is absolutely ruthless. It would need to be on HBO to be properly done though.
 
2012-09-21 01:18:32 AM

hubiestubert: del Toro?

I'm in.


*Fist bump here*

/Oh, hell yes!
 
2012-09-21 01:18:53 AM
The books weren't great, but they really felt like the novelization of a good TV show, so I'll probably watch anyway.
 
2012-09-21 01:24:27 AM

Gunther: The books weren't great, but they really felt like the novelization of a good TV show, so I'll probably watch anyway.

It also makes it a full circle for The Strain, which del Toro originally conceived as a TV series. When he couldn't sell it, then-Endeavor agent Richard Abate, now at 3 Arts, suggested del Toro turned the idea into a book and made the introduction to Hogan.

 
2012-09-21 01:31:29 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: hubiestubert: del Toro?

I'm in.

*Fist bump here*

/Oh, hell yes!


Seriously. I will watch any damn thing this man does. He is brilliant, and fun, and Sofa King meticulous that you can't help but love his stuff.
 
2012-09-21 01:54:30 AM
del Toro is amazing. I can't wait to see Mama, and I'll keep an eye out for this.
 
2012-09-21 02:03:49 AM
Orange Mocha Frappuccino!
 
2012-09-21 03:17:34 AM
The best network on TV is going to tackle a story by one of the best writer/directors in film?

I'm as vampired out as the next guy, but I can't not get excited about this.
 
2012-09-21 03:48:08 AM
Still no love for Kim Harrison.
 
2012-09-21 03:58:35 AM

Dibikad: Still no love for Kim Harrison.


None for Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" series either it would seem.
 
2012-09-21 06:13:19 AM
On FX? With a hope of being any good?

It's already cancelled.
 
2012-09-21 06:19:18 AM

Smackledorfer: Mugato: It's about time someone make a movie or TV show about vampires. Their story needs to be told.

I get tge sentiment, but what generalized subject hasn't been covered ad nauseum?

Families?
Cops?
Insert folks doing job x?
Aliens?

A well written show can pick vampire or aliens, future or past, and tell a gripping story regardless of the trappings.


Alien. Vampire. Whales.
 
2012-09-21 06:20:13 AM

Omorda: Gunther: The books weren't great, but they really felt like the novelization of a good TV show, so I'll probably watch anyway.

It also makes it a full circle for The Strain, which del Toro originally conceived as a TV series. When he couldn't sell it, then-Endeavor agent Richard Abate, now at 3 Arts, suggested del Toro turned the idea into a book and made the introduction to Hogan.


Came here for this. I love GdT for that reason. He basically told the execs "fark you, I'm not compromising my vision, so I'm writing a book!"

So, I'm in.
 
2012-09-21 06:29:55 AM
How about a Hellboy 3 ? Ron Perlman is not getting any fresher.
 
2012-09-21 06:56:06 AM
Wasn't a big fan of the books. Actually by the third one they were shiat. I couldn't get past a lot of plot holes and the action didn't make much sense. I hope he can put it together better on TV, because despite that, there is potential.
 
2012-09-21 08:58:13 AM
If you're a fan of Del Toro, I highly recommend listening to the director's commentary on Hellboy 2. Hilarious and insightful.

"Okay so here, in the throne room of the Elven Prince, the walls and pipes were just encrusted with lead and asbestos, so if you touched one, you'd pretty much get ass cancer instantly."
 
2012-09-21 10:58:12 AM
I read The Strain. I kinda liked the concept, but it was too clinical and dry for me. The actual writing (I forget his "partner's" name, the guy who actually wrote the book based on del Toro's story) was seriously dry, with no real craft for creating and developing characters.

I guess I like "Vampires as supernatural monsters" more than "vampires as epidemic", and that's what I got with The Strain.
 
2012-09-21 11:03:10 AM
Silver Angel FTW!
 
2012-09-21 11:29:51 AM

Okoboji: On FX? With a hope of being any good?

It's already cancelled.


Actually, FX is far more willing to take a risk on a show than Fox is. Almost all of their shows, even ones that are cancelled like Terriers and Lights Out, get at least one full season.

Methinks this is FX's answer to The Walking Dead.
 
2012-09-21 12:17:54 PM

Dibikad: Still no love for Kim Harrison.


That's because her books (the Morgan ones at least) are a stripped out worthless G version of the Annita Blake books?

They have an almost infantile sense of 'no sex, no violence, no swearing' that I simply can't get around. While Hamilltons books are little more than self masturbatory these days, at least they had some bite. I honestly can't read Harrison, it's just so overtly sanitized and 'for young adults' that it's not remotely interesting. And I've tried several books. The first one started ok and then they just got worse and less interesting.
 
2012-09-21 01:04:57 PM

kroonermanblack: Dibikad: Still no love for Kim Harrison.

That's because her books (the Morgan ones at least) are a stripped out worthless G version of the Annita Blake books?

They have an almost infantile sense of 'no sex, no violence, no swearing' that I simply can't get around. While Hamilltons books are little more than self masturbatory these days, at least they had some bite. I honestly can't read Harrison, it's just so overtly sanitized and 'for young adults' that it's not remotely interesting. And I've tried several books. The first one started ok and then they just got worse and less interesting.


Richard Kadrey. It's more of an angels/demons thing, but there are vamps and zombies, too. Plus, Sandman Slim, the monster who kills monsters, is just hilariously psychotic. Standing back from it, he's the kind of character that gives genre fiction a bad name - the seemingly immortal, all powerful, unkillable genius - but when you're reading the books, it doesn't feel that way and the writing is just so damn entertaining. Highly recommended.

I'll also mention Mike Carey's Felix Castor books - quite interesting stuff involving ghosts - and the old standard, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Stay away from Simon R. Green - he has about eighteen different ripoff series going, and they're all shiat (well, the Nightside books are the least bad - but those Torc books are just pure drivel).

That's all I'm coming up with off the top of my head. Who's this Kevin Hearne who's showing up in my Amazon recs all the damn time? I've never heard of him.
 
2012-09-21 02:22:21 PM
Huh. I didn't realize it was a series. I sorta liked the first novel. Bought it at the airport for a long plane ride and it held my interest.

I do agree though it was kinda dry for a bloody monster tale. The characters didn't exactly grab me. I was in the middle of a zombie fiction phase when I read it and it fit nicely with the concept of rise of the vampires being an apocalyptic event.

Nice creepy vamps too. Maybe I'll read the other books now that I know they're available.
 
2012-09-21 05:12:41 PM

phyrkrakr: kroonermanblack: Dibikad: Still no love for Kim Harrison.

That's because her books (the Morgan ones at least) are a stripped out worthless G version of the Annita Blake books?

They have an almost infantile sense of 'no sex, no violence, no swearing' that I simply can't get around. While Hamilltons books are little more than self masturbatory these days, at least they had some bite. I honestly can't read Harrison, it's just so overtly sanitized and 'for young adults' that it's not remotely interesting. And I've tried several books. The first one started ok and then they just got worse and less interesting.

Richard Kadrey. It's more of an angels/demons thing, but there are vamps and zombies, too. Plus, Sandman Slim, the monster who kills monsters, is just hilariously psychotic. Standing back from it, he's the kind of character that gives genre fiction a bad name - the seemingly immortal, all powerful, unkillable genius - but when you're reading the books, it doesn't feel that way and the writing is just so damn entertaining. Highly recommended.

I'll also mention Mike Carey's Felix Castor books - quite interesting stuff involving ghosts - and the old standard, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Stay away from Simon R. Green - he has about eighteen different ripoff series going, and they're all shiat (well, the Nightside books are the least bad - but those Torc books are just pure drivel).

That's all I'm coming up with off the top of my head. Who's this Kevin Hearne who's showing up in my Amazon recs all the damn time? I've never heard of him.


Danke. Book fetish, always looking for more. Urban fantasy is my favorite genre. If you haven't read them, the Iron Druid series are excellent too, very Dresden-Butcher like (my favorite series). I've listened to the first 2 audiobooks of Sandman Slim, and you're right, but that's the entire premise of the book, and it doesn't really pretend to be much else. And that's perfectly fine in and of itself.
 
2012-09-21 06:01:10 PM
That's nice. Now WHERE IS MY AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS MOVIE?!?!?!?
 
2012-09-21 07:36:14 PM

fusillade762: That's nice. Now WHERE IS MY AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS MOVIE?!?!?!?


Didn't he say there's no point to it since Prometheus came out?

I do feel it's rather shiatty that Universal backed out of the deal.
 
2012-09-23 07:02:54 AM
Keywork99
Actually, FX is far more willing to take a risk on a show than Fox is. Almost all of their shows, even ones that are cancelled like Terriers and Lights Out, get at least one full season.

Methinks this is FX's answer to The Walking Dead.


Oh yeah, sorry - working a local festival and I was too tired to see it - I was reading it as Fox. Heh, my bad.
 
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