After proving he can handle vampires, and handle them extremely well with his remake of Let the Right One In, Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has now been approached by Fox 2000 to direct a brand new vampire tale. Called The Passage, the film will be based on the best selling novel by Justin Cronin. Deadline reports the story is about an experiment that goes wrong and brings about a swarm of blood thirsty vampires who bring the world to the edge of extinction. Sounds the perfect plot for Reeves to sink his teeth in to!!
Author Cronin signed a 3 book deal with Ballantine based on them reading just 400 pages of the first book. The deal was for $3.75 million, and is also based on the outline for a novel series. Fox 2000 made a deal for just over $3 million for the rights to make the movie based on the book, and John Logan has written the script, which will in turn be supervised and re-written, if necessary, by Reeves.
Here is the synopsis for the film:
‘In The Passage, a group of terminally ill cancer patients get healthy after being subjected to the bites of bats in South America. Naturally, the Government see this as a cure for the disease and start experimenting. They end up with a legion of nearly indestructible,telepathic vampire masters that begin infecting the populace’
Supposedly this is more 28 Days Later and The Stand, rather than Let Me In. Whatever it is, it sounds pretty bloody awesome, and Reeves has proved hos worth as an exceptional director. There is no doubt this will be massive. 2012 could well be Reeves’ year, what with this and the loose remake of They Live ‘8’ O’Clock in the Morning’ and the impending Cloverfield 2 to hopefully get under way as well. Exciting stuff!!