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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Matt Reeves to direct new vampire film The Passage

The Passage: A NovelMatt Reeves the director of the movies Cloverfield and Let Me In has signed on for the screen adaptation of The Passage.  In the novel a group of cancer patients are miraculously cured after receiving bites from South American bats.  Tests proceed exposing more and more patients to these bites inadvertently creating an army of telepathic vampires which threaten all of civilization.

Obviously, this won't be Matt Reeves first movie dealing with vampires as he was the film-maker behind last years quality film Let Me In.  The biggest difference will apparently be one of scale.  Where Let Me In was a quiet character study the scope of The Passage is said to be more akin to the epic horror films like Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, I Am Legend etc.

Even though Reeves is attached to other movies expect this one to happen sooner rather than later.  Fox seems to think they have a potential winning franchise on there hands here; as shown by ther investment of nearly $4 million for the rights to The Passage before the manuscript was even done and a deal already in place for the planned book sequels.

So does this sound like the kind of property you guys are interested in?  Is Matt Reeves a good fit for this material or should he be taking his career in a different direction? Let me know what you think.


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