Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming vampire series The Strain has been snapped up by Watch in the UK.
Based the best-selling vampire novel trilogy by del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and award-winning author Chuck Hogan, the 13-part series will swoop down on Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV and TalkTalk TV this autumn.
Set in New York, the series opens with a feature-length episode and tracks the outbreak of a lethal virus that’s linked to ancient vampires.
The authors co-wrote the pilot script and del Toro directed. The Strain tells follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.
Catherine Mackin, director of Acquisitions at UKTV. “The Strain feels totally fresh in the horror/fantasy genre – forget everything you’ve seen about vampires, as this series will turn it on its head and leave you spinning.
“It has a rich heritage of writing talent combined with stunning visuals and outstanding acting and we can’t wait to bring this exciting and epic series to Watch.”
Watch is currenty home to Almost Human, a sci-fi police show in a similar vein to Blade Runner and I, Robot where a robo-phobic cop is partnered with an android detective.
The futuristic crime thriller comes from executive producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman and stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly and Mackenzie Crook.
Watch is available on Sky (channel 109/214) and Virgin Media (124/191) in SD and HD. BT TV and TalkTalk TV customers can also pick up Watch in SD on channel 407.