Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”, “Let Me In”) will direct “The Passage”, based on the book of the same name by Justin Cronin and produced by Ridley Scott, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The flick, which Scott was contemplating directing himself at one stage, is set a hundred years in the future, where a government experiment to lengthen the human life span goes awry, unleashing a virus that physically and psychologically transforms people into vampires.
Set up at Fox 2000, “Passage” was written by “Gladiator” scribe John Logan; Reeves will oversee a rewrite.
Here’s the description of the book “The Passage” per Amazon :
ou don’t have to be a fan of vampire fiction to be enthralled by The Passage, Justin Cronin’s blazing new novel. Cronin is a remarkable storyteller (just ask adoring fans of his award-winning Mary and O’Neil), whose gorgeous writing brings depth and vitality to this ambitious epic about a virus that nearly destroys the world, and a six-year-old girl who holds the key to bringing it back. The Passage takes readers on a journey from the early days of the virus to the aftermath of the destruction, where packs of hungry infected scour the razed, charred cities looking for food, and the survivors eke out a bleak, brutal existence shadowed by fear. Cronin doesn’t shy away from identifying his “virals” as vampires. But, these are not sexy, angsty vampires (you won’t be seeing “Team Babcock” t-shirts any time soon), and they are not old-school, evil Nosferatus, either. These are a creation all Cronin’s own–hairless, insectile, glow-in-the-dark mutations who are inextricably linked to their makers and the one girl who could destroy them all. A huge departure from Cronin’s first two novels, The Passage is a grand mashup of literary and supernatural, a stunning beginning to a trilogy that is sure to dazzle readers of both genres. –Daphne Durham