Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Strain' Goes To FX With 'Lost' Showrunner Carlton Cuse

The Strain

Guillermo del Toro swears that he's still working on his "Hulk" television series; but with Team Whedon bringing "S.H.I.E.L.D." to ABC (hopefully) soon, Marvel's small-screen future is looking plenty bright even without the Jade Giant.

While we wait to hear something more official on the gamma rampage front, here's further good news from the del Toro camp. FX has ordered a pilot for "The Strain," based on GDT and co-author Chuck Hogan's novel and Dark Horse comic book series about a vampire virus that breaks out in New York. "Lost" veteran Carlton Cuse will serve as showrunner.

"The Strain" is just the first in a series of novels about the investigation into the vampire viral outbreak, with "The Fall" and "The Night Eternal" rounding out the series in 2010 and 2011. Further, the pilot commitment is the latest in a string of good news for both del Toro and Cuse; the former recently optioned "Nutshell Studies" for HBO, about a 1950s housewife who takes it upon herself to solve crimes, while Cuse's "Bates Motel" — a "Psycho" prequel series that'll air on A&E — just landed Freddie Highmore to play the iconic Norman Bates.

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