Matt Reeves Takes Another Bite out of Vampire Flicks with THE PASSAGE

     April 18, 2011

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Director Matt Reeves (Let Me In) apparently hasn’t gotten his fill of bloodsuckers because he’s signed on to direct the vampire flick The Passage.  But unlike the sad, meditative, personal drama of Let Me In, The Passage is more along the infected lines of 28 Days Later and The Stand.  According to Deadline, the story—based on the novel by Justin Cronin—centers on the government attempting a cure for cancer after a group of terminal patients become healthy after being subjected to bat bites in South America.  But their experimentation leads to the creation of nearly indestructible, telepathic vampire masters that begin infecting the populace.  Moral of the story: don’t try to cure cancer.

Last September, we reported that screenwriter John Logan (Rango) would be handling the script, but now Reeves will oversee a rewrite by a yet-to-be-determined replacement since Logan is busy on the new James Bond flick.  Last week, Reeves also signed on to write and direct an adaptation of the short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning.  It’s unknown which project he’ll direct first although The Passage has a bit of a head start since there’s already a finished script.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the Justin Cronin’s novel.

Here’s the synopsis for Justin Cronin’s The Passage:

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world. [Amazon]

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