FX Boss: Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain Will Be ‘Pretty Graphic’

Guillermo del Toro is bringing “The Strain,” a television series based on his vampire-themed horror novel series with Chuck Hogan, to FX, and network Chief Executive Officer John Landgraf said it will be graphic.

“‘The Strain’s’ pretty graphic. It’s a horror show,” Landgraf told reporters on Friday during the FX portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Tour. “I think you can expect content commensurate with ‘Walking Dead’ or ‘American Horror Story.’”

The series will have an end point as it is based on a trilogy of books, Landgraf said.

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“It’s a really epic, truly epic story and when Guillermo came into sell it, one of the things that they made clear is that… they wanted to tell the story of the books, that that story would be told over three, four or five seasons,” Landgraf said about the potential life span of the show.

Landgraf said “The Strain” will have between 39 and 65 episodes.

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On Friday, Landgraf also announced that Billy Bob Thornton has joined the cast of FX’s limited engagement miniseries, “Fargo,” which is not a television version of the movie, but rather takes inspiration from it.

“The quality of the ‘Fargo’ scripts are extraordinary,” Landgraf said. “It will do justice to the Coen brother’s classic film of the same title.”

Joel and Ethan Coen are actually executive producers on the show.

Production on “Fargo” begins this fall in Canada.

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