Guillermo del Toro. ATX Television Festival Closing Night Red Carpet. “The Strain” (2014) World Premier TV Series on FX Network.

Austin is quickly becoming the perfect place for television premieres, and FX Network has partnered up with ATX Television Festival for an extraordinary closing night program Saturday June 7th at the State Theater in Austin, Texas that featured the world premiere of the pilot “The Strain,” from the Academy Award filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and novelist Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan, and writer/ Producer Carlton Cuse“The Strain” premieres on FX on July 13. The appearance of director Guillermo del Toro at the premiere was a surprise.  Also in attendance at were the executive producer Carlton Cuse and the cast Corey Stoll (Dr.Ephraim Goodweather), Mia Maestro (Dr. Nora Martinez), Sean Austin (Jim Kent), Kevin Durand (Vasility Fet) at the private red carpet and the premiere. 

 “The Strain” is a 13 episode supernatural drama series that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. The Team investigates an inexplicable viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and dark strain of vampirism.

 

Guillermo del Toro exclusive interview during ATX Television Festival, closing night Red Carpet by Yenis Monterrey, LA Splash Magazine, June 7th 2014

We know “The Strain” is about vampires, how does this TV series distinguish itself from other vampire movies or shows?

Guillermo del Toro: “The vampires we are creating on this TV series depart from the aggressive lore of comics and vampire movies and they become more parasitic entities.  They certainly have no romantic notions of their origin; they are not beautiful or wise, wear capes and suits or are teenage vampires.  They are these really parasitic brutal entities that want to feed both on the blood and soul of those that they take the personality of, so it’s a really creepy idea in a mythological way.  Biologically and scientifically what we’re doing is laying out the foundation to say how this would happen in the real world as a plague or as a virus with a carrier with infection vectors and could we prevent it.  Can we stop an apocalypse like that?  My theory is that we couldn’t it’s a very tragic circumstance.  If someone blew up our satellites and communications we would have a hard time surviving and it’s the same as an apocalypse like this. We would have had a hard time adapting to stop the virus.”

 Carlton Cuse: “It’s a mythology of vampirism and it’s completely different than Twilight or True Blood.”

The Writer, producer, director and novelist Guillermo del Toro has remarkable career on bringing to life the most phenomenal, unimaginable, and unique fantasy and horror to the theaters such as Pan’s LabyrinthPacific RimHellboy and the upcoming Crimson Peak starring Tom HiddlestonCharlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain.

The television pilot is a cinematic and expensive production made for television. It’s more like a movie than a TV series. The premier was more like a feature film. There is an unthinkable emotional connection with all the characters on the pilot. "The Strain" is definitely out of the ordinary and out of this world.  It will move the audience to an inconceivable place. "The Strain" is a must see Pilot on Television on July 13.

 

 

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