Jason Keller [Machine Gun Preacher] has been drafted in by Fox 2000 to pen an adaptation of Justin Cronin's The Passage, report THR. Matt Reeves [Let Me In, Cloverfield] has the directors chair. The novel tells the story of terminally ill patients who become healthy after they are bitten by bats in South America. The government conducts secret tests on human subjects to see if the virus can cure illness, but the result is an apocalyptic unleashing of bloodthirsty vampire test subjects that include death row inmates. Ridley Scott is producing the adaptation, which was originally scripted by John Logan. Hit the jump for more details.
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]
The movie will hit theaters in 2012.