The horror community has had an on again/off again affair with vampires and now it looks like Fox wants to bring it back on be adapting ‘The Passage‘ to the small screen. Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves (‘War for the Planet of the Apes’) are on board to produce the series which was originally ordered as a film back in 2007 and now is going in a different direction. The series will be based on the 2010 novel of the same name and likely the 2012 sequel ‘The Twelve’ and the 2016 bookend to the trilogy, ‘The City of Mirrors.’
The novels were originally penned by Justin Cronin and all three of them had made the New York Times bestseller list. Clearly, there has been a lot of interest in this one for awhile as the original rights had been snapped up three years prior to the first novel in the trilogy even being released. At this time Reeves is set to direct the pilot as he was tapped to direct the film version. Liz Heldens (‘Friday Night Lights’) is working on the script.
With FX’s ‘The Strain’ currently eyeing an end run kicking off this coming summer it would make sense that ‘The Passage’ would be the company’s bet to take over the crowd who loves the bloodsucking undead.
The first novel in ‘The Passage’ trilogy follows Amy who was abandoned by her mother at a young age. Things just went downhill from there as she was taken in by a shadowy government agency which is experimenting in a way that could bring about the end of the world as we know it. In comes, Special Agent Brad Wolgast who was sent to track her down and helps her escape as the experiment itself goes wrong. Sadly, his help comes too late as we see society itself collapsing around them. Amy is soon on her own and she alone has the ability to save the world.
Praised by both critics and readers alike, ‘The Passage’ is a series which could work really well with the names behind it, though being on Fox also means it could be canceled within a season.
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