A while back it was reported that Guillermo del Toro was working on a new set of vampire novels with author Chuck Hogan. Now del Toro spoke a little more in depth on the approach to the series and the plot of the first book, which is apparently much further along than we thought. In fact, they’re already written.
This works perfectly, as we see all of these Guillermo del Toro stories what seems like every day of the week and we just are boggled at the time the man has. Well, he himself explained exactly how that is humanly possible.
It looks incredibly busy and baroque, but everything has its own place. These things seem to happen simultaneously, but the reality is they are announced simultaneously. The novels â€“ itâ€™s been written already. Chuck Hogan and I have been collaborating for over a year. I wrote the outline for that novel almost two years ago.
Unfortunately this doesn’t mean that At the Mountains of Madness or his Frankenstein project or any of the many others we’ve drooled at the thought of have been filmed. What we can hope is that maybe they’re a lot further along, at least writing-wise, than we know.
As we all know, vampires are done as much as, if not more so, than zombies. Because of this it’s hard to swing an original work, but if anyone can do it, this is the man. Mr. del Toro explains the idea that went into writing the books…
I wanted to find a place to create a vampiric epic that takes you all the way to the modern day, to find out when the vampires started – going beyond Mesopotamian myth, going beyond all of that. Not the attractive, Brad Pitt-esque, decadent lovers that have sex. I wanted to make them like an alternate species and an alternate spiritual creature to man, and the idea is that the series will flesh out that re-invented vampiric myth – respectful of the lore, but taking you through the ages.
Thank the gods — this is not your little sister’s Twilight peoples.
He also shared the plot for the first book, entitled The Strain.
The first novel is sort of a procedural horror novel, which starts at an investigation of a plane that is essentially like the ship in [Stokerâ€™s] â€˜Draculaâ€™ – it just stopped and everybody on board was dead, and an investigation ensues. And what happens is an epidemic, but itâ€™s an epidemic unlike I believe the stuff that is [big] in vampiric fiction.
Now, the question is… how long before these become movie projects, and what’s del Toro’s role with that? Let us not forget, he does have some experience with vampires directing Blade II.