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FX ordered a 13-episode season of Guillermo del Toro’s vampire drama series “The Strain”. Entertainment Weekly reports that “Pacific Rim” helmer, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse will executive produce the show based on del Toro and Hogan’s best-selling novels of the same name.

del Toro says:

” ‘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,”

“Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support.”

An evil strain of vampirism spreads. Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself

An evil strain of vampirism spreads. Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself

FX Networks and FX Productions presidents of original programming Eric Schrier and Nick Grad says:

“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.”

Synopsys:

“The Strain is billed as 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.”

Image courtesy of heavy.com

Image courtesy of heavy.com

Corey Stoll will take on the role of Eph, the show is also supported by Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland and Miguel Gomez.

The vampire show is directed by del Toro and co-written with Hogan.  ‘The Strain’ will start filming this month in Toronto, to be released July 2014.

* Update: The high-concept thriller is set to debut Sunday, July 13 at 10 P.M. ET.