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Matt Reeves Directing Vampire Project 'The Passage' for Fox 2000

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April 18, 2011
Source: Deadline

Matt Reeves / The Passage

Interesting news regarding the next project for Let Me In director Matt Reeves. Deadline is reporting that Reeves is attached to direct a movie called The Passage, based on the bestselling novel by Justin Cronin about "an experiment that goes awry and creates a swarm of bloodthirsty vampires that brings the world to the brink of extinction." It's interesting that Reeves has stuck with vampires, but he can craft a completely different world and probably will. Reeves was also recently attached to the film 8 O'Clock, basically a They Live remake. But they say "it isn't entirely clear which film is up next, but The Passage has a big head start."

That head start is because the script for The Passage was already written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Rango, Bond 23), so Reeves is helping rewrite the script. 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 starts experimenting. They end up with a legion of nearly indestructible, telepathic vampire masters that begin infecting the populace. It's said to be closer in tone to 28 Days Later and The Stand, which actually sounds quite awesome. I'm honestly just excited to see Reeves take on another project no matter what it is. Scott Free is producing this with Fox.

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  • Jahmani
    Please, no more vampire (or zombie) films, this genre has been done to death!
  • Joe M Campos
    The book was AMAZING! It's really more of a cross between zombies and vampries than what comes to mind with the recent Twilight-ification of vampires. Not big into the genre really but "The Passage" was an amazing book and I can't wait to see it on the big screen.
    • lightning
      i agree with you a 100%
  • rocKKicker
    ywt another vampire flick, i take them all in stride now....this is a dead horse still being beaten.
  • Nick S.
    no. more. vamps.
  • Cracky
    Ugh. God damn.
  • Bettybmusing
    The Vampire cult is a solid market, they just need some "new blood " in Hollywood. Same old bone same old soup is simply un-wanted. They need new talented writers with fresh ideas.
  • Flo
    If they adapt it closely after the book I'm pretty sure it will be an awesome movie. The vampires (the comparison between those creatures in the book and vampires only appear a couple of times) actually only play a supporting role in the book. What should I say... read the book or wait and see. As for me... can't wait for the second part of the book!!
  • lightning
    it is the only movie that i am looking forward to so far only because the book was the absolute mot original and amazing thing that i have ever read!!!!!!!!!
  • http://twitter.com/Raul_JRM Raul M. (JRM)
    The Passage is an AMAZING book. Those who are knocking it because it deals with vampires are missing out on one of the best works of fiction in years. 
  • Victoria
    Will there be a casting?

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