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(Deadline)   FX officially orders 13 episodes of the vampire horror series The Strain, based on the novels sort of written by Guillermo del Toro   (deadline.com) divider line 35
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2013-11-19 08:05:41 PM
Definitely going to give this a look. Love the novels.
 
2013-11-19 08:47:15 PM
It will be nice to have a show where the vampires are actual monsters.
 
2013-11-19 09:31:38 PM
I wish someone would do a proper adaptation of I Am Legend.
 
2013-11-19 09:37:29 PM
Liked the first book, but everything really went off the rails in The Fall. Probably Chuck Hogan's fault, but the lead characters were just so terrible. The old Jewish vampire hunter and some of the side characters were decent, but I just wanted the romantic leads to die in a fire.
 
2013-11-19 09:43:14 PM
The books were goofy as hell, it'll probably work a lot better as a show.
 
2013-11-19 09:43:23 PM
Well I'm not watching it unless the vampires are really, really sparkly!
 
2013-11-19 09:47:33 PM

Mad_Radhu: Liked the first book, but everything really went off the rails in The Fall. Probably Chuck Hogan's fault, but the lead characters were just so terrible. The old Jewish vampire hunter and some of the side characters were decent, but I just wanted the romantic leads to die in a fire.


I loved the retired luche libre vampire killer.
 
2013-11-19 09:48:46 PM
I'd love to see an adaptation of The Passage. That was far, far better.
 
2013-11-19 09:53:13 PM

Dog Welder: Mad_Radhu: Liked the first book, but everything really went off the rails in The Fall. Probably Chuck Hogan's fault, but the lead characters were just so terrible. The old Jewish vampire hunter and some of the side characters were decent, but I just wanted the romantic leads to die in a fire.

I loved the retired luche libre vampire killer.


Yeah, he was fun.
 
2013-11-19 09:54:14 PM
Another vampire show? And where have I heard a similar concept before...

www.fangoria.com
 
2013-11-19 09:54:49 PM

SpdrJay: Well I'm not watching it unless the vampires are really, really sparkly!


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2013-11-19 09:58:11 PM
Still waiting for the Dark Tower series.
 
2013-11-19 09:58:48 PM
Urine. Urine everywhere. Could be some very weird TV.
 
2013-11-19 09:59:38 PM
I'm beginning to think there is a shallow pool of imaginative writers in show-biz.
 
2013-11-19 10:03:13 PM

Mad_Radhu: Liked the first book, but everything really went off the rails in The Fall. Probably Chuck Hogan's fault, but the lead characters were just so terrible. The old Jewish vampire hunter and some of the side characters were decent, but I just wanted the romantic leads to die in a fire.


It was so awesome opening The Night Eternal and reading "Two years later..." Since it was a library book I couldn't in good conscience throw it across the room, so I just cursed it and took it back.
 
2013-11-19 10:05:14 PM

fusillade762: Another vampire show? And where have I heard a similar concept before...

[www.fangoria.com image 850x330]


I know ideas get recycled, but remember when ideas would actually lay fallow for a few years? 
Then: "Hey no one has done a _____ show in 5-10 years. Let's try a new spin."

Now: "Hey there 7 different _____ shows coming out this season. GET TO WORK ON #8! I want something on my desk immediately after my Spiderman 2 (5) meeting!"
 
2013-11-19 10:19:39 PM
The books were pretty clearly fleshed out scripts or plot outlines for tv/movies. Bad dialogue that may have worked spoken, not terribly good writing otherwise. There was a lot to like, but they did steeply decline as the series went on and the main characters became increasingly unlikeable. Plus it was hard to stay invested in a story where there was no way that anybody who wasn't wearing some kind of armored hazmat suit should survive an encounter with a vamp. Flipping it back in to a tv series with other writer's input might tighten it up and improve it.
 
2013-11-19 10:30:28 PM
FX: The Strain
NBC: Dracula
HBO: True Blood
CW: Vampire Diaries and whatever it's spinoff show is called

Isn't that enough vamp shows?
 
2013-11-19 10:32:15 PM

texdent: FX: The Strain
NBC: Dracula
HBO: True Blood
CW: Vampire Diaries and whatever it's spinoff show is called

Isn't that enough vamp shows?


True it is getting a bit saturated.  That said The Strain's take won't be close to the other 3 you list.
 
2013-11-19 10:45:19 PM

texdent: FX: The Strain
NBC: Dracula
HBO: True Blood
CW: Vampire Diaries and whatever it's spinoff show is called

Isn't that enough vamp shows?


Netflix has that Hemlock Grove that...  Well, it's not that great, honestly.  But it was werewolves, with transformations that were straight up gory and violent.  So I liked it going back to their roots and all.  But...

*SPOILERS*

...they added vampire BS right at the end.  And not even proper monster versions, but day walking, shiny pretty skinned vampires.  I guess they're slightly ill tempered, if that counts for anything.

In between those elements and the fact that nothing makes any damn sense because characters do stupid things on purpose, it feels like someone mixed "True Blood" with "Lost" with a small smear of "Twilight" on the side.  I kind of watched it because I had Netflix, was jet lagged, and didn't have anything else in this empty house to entertain me with anyway.  Just kind of was sticking it out to see if all the mystery and elements they dropped would pay off, but it just ended with a confusing cliffhanger.
 
2013-11-19 10:48:30 PM
It'll turn out that all you need to cure vampirism is some Metamucil.
 
2013-11-20 12:50:49 AM
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2013-11-20 01:54:21 AM
I might give it a shot because its on FX. I have yet to watch anything in that channel that I didn't like.
 
2013-11-20 03:05:42 AM

GoldSpider: I'm beginning to think there is a shallow pool of imaginative writers in show-biz.


If I used the term 'paralysis of scale' would it make intuitive sense?

Budgets for creative projects are large, and they get large fast. The biggest players pull the standards of operations up for everyone, and that means that most productions, even 'small' ones are more expensive, relatively speaking. The cost of living goes up as well, and there's all sorts of other stuff, but essentially, big budget productions make everyone make big budget productions. This makes investors cautious, which means the productions that do get greenlit need as many possible things making them reliable as possible. It's why you'll see the same stars in movies in a short period of time, because those guys are consistent in their work even if they're not necessarily big pulls or well-suited for the work.

There are tons of imaginative, funny, interesting, diverse and weird writers in show-biz. Their work is almost always the first thing cut from the possible options because it's inherently risky.

This is just another way in which marketing ruins everything. For further reading, check out how Marty got made.
 
2013-11-20 03:51:43 AM

Mad_Radhu: Liked the first book, but everything really went off the rails in The Fall. Probably Chuck Hogan's fault, but the lead characters were just so terrible. The old Jewish vampire hunter and some of the side characters were decent, but I just wanted the romantic leads to die in a fire.


Same - started out really well, went totally off the rails by the end of the book series.
 
2013-11-20 03:55:52 AM
I read the first book - didn't really like it. I did think at the time it might be more involving on a screen, big or small.

Come to think of it, I think I started reading the second book on my kindle - but I must have put it down and wandered away at some point.
 
2013-11-20 06:06:52 AM
Vampires and zombies ... So overdone. I try to avoid movies, books, and games with vampires and zombies in them.

Why not take a look at the various native american myths? There's got to be some decent horror material there.
 
2013-11-20 06:24:20 AM

paulseta: I'd love to see an adaptation of The Passage. That was far, far better.


One of the worst books I've ever read. The first 100 pages or so was fine as escapist pulp goes, but after that it just got bad. I'm ashamed to admit having read it.
 
2013-11-20 07:27:50 AM

Dog Welder: Mad_Radhu: Liked the first book, but everything really went off the rails in The Fall. Probably Chuck Hogan's fault, but the lead characters were just so terrible. The old Jewish vampire hunter and some of the side characters were decent, but I just wanted the romantic leads to die in a fire.

I loved the retired luche libre vampire killer.


One of the few redeaming factors.

It really went to shiat, which was a shame as the first one was awesome.
 
2013-11-20 09:50:26 AM
Dear FX,

Quit farking around and bring back Terriers. It was the best written, best acted thing on TV.

Thank You.
 
2013-11-20 11:21:27 AM
Not sold on this based on the comments in this thread and the (few) articles I have read online and that maybe due to the fact that I'm just sick of vampire shows.

Buffy, TrueBlood, Forever Knight, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Moonlight, Dracula, the series, Blood Ties...these are just the ones I can think of off hand.  

Enough already.  


/if we are looking at book series to base a TV show on, the Honor Harrington novels has potential.
 
2013-11-20 04:01:23 PM

Bschott007: /if we are looking at book series to base a TV show on, the Honor Harrington novels has potential.


Someone has the film rights and maybe we'll see something soon though I'm not sure what.
 
2013-11-20 04:59:23 PM

Nefarious: Bschott007: /if we are looking at book series to base a TV show on, the Honor Harrington novels has potential.

Someone has the film rights and maybe we'll see something soon though I'm not sure what.


They had better lose the stupid stupid cat things then. Did Hornblower have a farking parrot yapping on his shoulder the whole time?
 
2013-11-21 04:10:24 AM

skinink: I wish someone would do a proper adaptation of I Am Legend.


They did. It is called Omega Man starring Charleston Heston.
 
2013-11-21 06:47:51 AM

leohat: skinink: I wish someone would do a proper adaptation of I Am Legend.

They did. It is called Omega Man starring Charleston Heston.

The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price.

Amended that for you.

/well...it's the closest thus far produced. They still didn't nail the ending (odd seeing as how it was co-written by Mr. Matheson hisownself.)
 
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