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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Guillermo Del Toro Novels to Make It to Small Screen

Take visionary director Guillermo del Toro, add Buffy the Vampire Slayer producer Marti Noxon, and you have a potentially interesting project on the horizon. Variety reported earlier this week that Noxon and partner Dawn Parouse Olmstead (producer of Prison Break) are working to develop a TV show out of the series of novels planned by del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan--which kicked off last month with The Strain.

The novel is all about a strain of virus which either kills you or turns you into a vampire (sounds kind of like The Last Man on Earth...) I believe it's planned as a three-part series of novels, and the idea is to turn it into a special three-season "event" TV series. Variety reports that Noxon and Olmstead plan to shop the show around early next year, following the publication of the second book.

Rumor has it that The Strain began as a proposed TV concept from del Toro, but when it didn't pan out, he got together with Hogan and turned it into a book, or a series of them, as it turns out. And now that the buzz on the books is so hot, it looks like del Toro's original plan is coming to fruition after all...

Is it just me, or does there seem to be a boatload of amazing horror novels suddenly flooding the market? Or maybe I've just been too much of a sci-fi geek to notice?


jpelliott said...

I read The Strain a couple weeks ago. It is really intriguing to hear that it may be developed into a TV series...fingers crossed for HBO or Showtime to jump in the ring.
Del Toro really twists the vampire mythology into something original and gives the reader some very interesting characters to follow.

Now someone needs to get a screenplay adaption together for Patient Zero.

I am finally getting around to reading World War Z. Any more news about production on that?

B-Sol said...

God, Patient Zero would be incredible! Its very cinematic to begin with. As for WWZ, last I heard it was changing directors or something...sounds like development hell to me...

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