Let’s face it, folks: when the Government gets involved, things tend to get all FUBAR and back. Such is the premise of the apocalyptic vampire movie “The Passage”, which Fox 2000 has assigned screenwriter John Logan to adapt from the series of as-yet-published novels by Justin Cronin. The movie is being prepped for Logan’s former colleague Ridley Scott to direct, the two having previously worked together on the mega hit “Gladiator”, in which Logan wrote and Scott directed.
According to Variety, Logan will be adapting the trilogy of horror novels about terminally ill patients who become healthy after they are bitten by bats in South America. The government, as they are wont to do, enters the picture and begin conducting secret tests on human subjects to see if the virus can cure other human illnesses (and, if I know my lazy Hollywood, want to turn it into some kind of uber weapon). Predictably, instead of saving humankind, they end up unleashing a vampire apocalypse on the populace.
Fox 2000 would like Ridley Scott to eventually come onboard to direct, but there’s no guarantee that he will. Scott, who is currently shooting “Robin Hood” with his “Gladiator” star Russell Crowe, tends to get involved in more movies than he can handle, and ends up directing only a small portion of all the films he gets attached to.
“The Passage” won’t land in book stores until 2010, but Logan will be working off of Cronin’s 1,200 page manuscript.