Five-Season Plan For The Strain, Say Exec Producers

Following the news that vampire show The Strain has been given the green light for a third season, executive producers Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse have confirmed they have a five-season plan for the show.

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The series is based on a trilogy of books written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, but Cuse revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday, “From the very beginning, we had really talked about the first book being the first season, the second book being the next two seasons and the third book the last two seasons. We’ve stuck to that game plan.”

He went on to say that while seasons one and two had 13 episodes, the remaining three would have 10. “And then that will be the end,” he added.

“The way we see it is as a closed tale, and I’d very much like to keep it that way,” chipped in Guillermo del Toro.

“There’s a tremendous amount that’s invented in season two, and the same will be true of subsequent seasons,” continued Cuse. “The books are a springboard to tell this story in a different medium. In the medium of television, the story needs to look different than what’s in the books.”

Of course, a five-season plan is also dependent on FX re-commissioning the series for a further two years.

Season two of The Strain, which kicks off with a special flashback prologue directed by Guillermo del Toro himself, starts in the UK on Watch on 26 August.

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