Guillermo Del Toro's vampire novel The Strain is heading to Tv with a cast headed by veteran British actor John Hurt.

The Mexican director co-wrote the original book with Chuck Hogan and it spawned two sequels - The Fall and The Night Eternal.

Del Toro is now transforming his books into a Tv series, and he has hired Hurt to tackle one of the lead roles opposite The Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, along with Leslie Hope, Corey Stoll and Roger Cross.

The sci-fi drama follows a group of scientists caught up in a viral epidemic which turns humans into vampires, and it is in development for the Fx cable network.