The Strain is a new proposed TV series by Guillermo del Toro for the FX network. It is based on a vampire novel trilogy del Toro co-wrote with Chuck Hogan. Dark Horse has previously adapted the trilogy to a comic series. The trilogy tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Centers 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. So far a pilot episode has been ordered with an eye towards a 13-episode limited series. The cast to date includes Oscar nominee John Hurt, Roger Cross (recently seen in Alphas), and Sean Astin (recently seen in Lord of the Rings).