By James Hibberd
Updated November 19, 2013 at 08:20 PM EST
The Strain

Another vampire drama is coming to TV. Yet this one is looking to put a new twist on the genre.

FX has given a 13-episode order to The Strain, which combines the talents of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim), author Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse (Lost). It’s based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by del Toro and Hogan, with del Toro directing the show’s pilot. “Guillermo’s epic, cinematic pilot for The Strain starts a chilling and compelling story that will upend everything you thought you knew about vampires,” Cuse promises.

The Strain is billed as a “high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.” The series will debut July, 2014.

Some of the unique elements of vamps in the book-version of The Strain: They’re feverishly hot (not cold), they have a retractable stinger in their mouths, they rather grossly excrete while they feed, their vision is heat-based and they’re telepathic with humans.