While on the red carpet for the 37th annual Saturn Awards, we got the chance to speak with Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves. He gave a wide-ranging interview, talking at length about Let Me In (including his comments on the ending of the film), giving updates on his upcoming projects The Passage, This Dark Endeavor and a new script he’s currently writing, discussing the similarities between the creatures in Cloverfield and J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, and much, much more.
Hit the jump to watch the interview. If you missed our other coverage from the Saturn Awards, be sure to check out our conversations with makeup artists Rick Baker and Dave Elsey, Brandon Routh, Fringe’s Lance Reddick, producer Dean Devlin, Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd for The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.
Screenwriter Jason Keller has been hired to come aboard director Matt Reeves’ (Let Me In) adaptation of Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage. The film was originally to be directed by Ridley Scott, with a script by John Logan, but Reeves boarded the project in April and decided he would oversee a rewrite. The story takes place in the future, where a government attempt to cure cancer has turned people into vampires.
Heat Vision reports that Keller will perform the rewrite for the flick, which is the first in a proposed trilogy. The screenwriter recently penned Marc Forster’s upcoming Machine Gun Preacher, as well as Relativity’s untitled Snow White project (the one with Julia Roberts). Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Cornin’s novel.
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.
Fox 2000 is paying seven figures for John Logan (“The Aviator,” “Sweeney Todd”) to adapt “The Passage”, a 1,200 page novel by Jordan Ainsley about a group of terminally ill patients who are cured after being bitten by South American bats. Ridley Scott is in talks to direct, which would be epic as Scott and Logan haven’t worked together since “Gladiator.” More on this pairing and the project after the jump.
A few months back, we reported that Ridley and Tony Scott were attempting to resurrect (if you’ll excuse the term and forget your enmity towards the fourth film in the series) the “Alien” franchise by bring Carl Rinsch on board to direct a new installment in the franchise. While Tony Scott confirmed that the fifth film would be a prequel, he offered no details on the story.
Hit the jump to find out how it fell apart and how Fox is trying to put it all back together.