The Strain is the brainchild of internationally-acclaimed film-maker Guillermo del Toro.
The Mexican writer and director collaborated on the trilogy of books, on which the series is based, with novelist Chuck Hogan and the pair have co-written the pilot episode, which Del Toro also directs.
Del Toro first gained worldwide recognition back in 1993 with the supernatural film Cronos, which he directed from his original screenplay.
The supernatural thriller The Devil's Backbone followed to much critical acclaim and he went on to direct and co-write Hellboy and the sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
In 2006, Pan's Labyrinth earned del Toro an Oscar nomination for original screenplay and the film picked up more than 40 international awards and featured on the majority of critics' lists of the year's best films.
There was even greater success at the box office for his sci-fi action movie Pacific Rim, starring Charlie Hunnam and Ibris Elba, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide.
As well as being a hugely influential figure in the horror and supernatural genre, Del Toro has a production deal with Dreamworks, where he has acted as executive producer on the likes of Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Rise of the Guardians.