A Minute With: Guillermo del Toro on going full gore for TV
By Mary Milliken
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro doesn't seem to be holding much back in his often terrifying and visually arresting movies, and yet, he says television today allows him even more freedom to create.
The director behind blockbuster "Pacific Rim" and dark fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth" premiered his new TV thriller series "The Strain," based on a trilogy of books he co-wrote, on the FX cable channel this week.
"The Strain" chronicles the vampirization of society through a viral outbreak and the battle by Dr Ephraim Goodweather (played by Corey Stoll of "House of Cards") as the New York City public health official trying to stop its spread.
Del Toro, 49, talked to Reuters about his fondness for television, anatomically correct gore and infusing love in tales of horror.
Q: Why did you make the move to TV?
A: I became very enamored of the long-form narrative of TV and really loved the fact that you can develop notions and characters over a long period of time. In the case of something literary like "Deadwood" or "The Wire," it feels like you are reading a piece of literature.
You have the chance to explore ideas that ... don't open and close in the space of two or three hours, like they do in a movie. And that is a unique luxury.
The content also came from the fact that we have changed the way we consume stories on TV. So now an audience has a relationship with a drama that can last several years. Continued...