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Matt Reeves is heading back to the world of vampires.
The thoughtful and intellectual director behind Let Me In, the remake of Swedish bloodsucker thriller Let the Right One In, has come aboard to develop and direct The Passage, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the novel by Justin Cronin. Ridley Scott is producing.
Fox 2000 picked up the rights for the adaptation as well as two possible sequels in a reported seven-figure deal in 2007. The novel was published in 2009.
The novel 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.
John Logan wrote the script when Scott was considering the project as a directing vehicle. Reeves, who wrote Let Me In and co-created Felicity with JJ Abrams, will oversee the rewrite when a new writer is brought in.
This is the second major project Reeves is involved with. Last week he signed on to write and direct an adaptation of the sci-fi short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning, which was the inspiration of the 1980s John Carpenter film They Live. 8 O’Clock is being made by Universal and Strike Entertainment.
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