20 September 2012 9:58 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It’s officially getting ridiculous. Even accounting for the different timings on the various projects, Guillermo del Toro is now involved in so many things that we can only assume he has a time-turner. Yet somehow, he never appears to tire of finding fresh creative outlets. On the heels of his agreeing to develop a Hulk series for ABC and, more recenrtly setting up a deal to adapt Nutshell Studies for HBO, comes word that he’s scored a direct pilot order for a show based on his vampire virus novels The Strain.Co-written with Chuck Hogan, the trilogy – The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal – sees a nasty bug infect New York, transforming some of its residents into members of the fang club. Our hero is Cdc doctor Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, who has to find cause, containment and (for preference) cure.Ironically, the book idea was originally pitched as a TV show, »


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