Director Guillermo Del Toro poses on arrival for the Los Angeles premiere of the film “Pacific Rim” in Hollywood, California on July 9, 2013. (Photo/Getty Images)

Guillermo del Toro’s new vampire TV show will be “truly epic”

Filmmaker and director Guillermo del Toro is set to take over the world of television with the confirmation that he will be adapting his vampire novel series “The Strain” for the small screen.

Del Toro – whose previous film hits include “Mama” and “Hellboy” – wrote the first installment of the trilogy series in 2009 with co-author Chuck Hogan.  Four years later, the series has been picked up for a television show, which network FX promises will be “truly epic.”

”When Guillermo [and his team] came in to sell it, one of the things they made clear is that they wanted to tell the story of the books, and that story would be told over three, four or five seasons,” FX president John Landgraf said on Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Landgraf said the new show will be “pretty graphic,” and will be on par with cult favorites “American Horror Story” and “The Walking Dead.”

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The show, TV Line reports, could run as long as 65 episodes and will reportedly star actor Robert Maillet as the show’s “world-conquering vampire.”

New details regarding “The Strain” emerge weeks after the release of del Toro’s robot thriller “Pacific Rim.” The film earned more than $9 million dollars during its box office opening in China last month, reports Deadline, an all-time high for Warner Brothers and larger than “any Harry Potter film.”

“Pacific Rim” – which del Toro told NBC Latino “saved” his life – will reportedly inspire a sequel, reports Deadline.

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