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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Justin Cronin Shares Why He Chose Vampires for The Passage Trilogy

Interview with Justin Cronin author of The Passage trilogy
Justin Cronin was recently the guest speaker for the "Winter With the Writer" series at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. In a pre-interview with Rollins alum Dixie Tate leading up to the event, Cronin discussed a range of topics, including a typical day in his life, his creative process, advice for young writers, and his favorite books and authors.

My favorite exchange came when Tate asked him why he chose to write a story about vampires:

I didn't set out to write "about" vampires. I viewed them as a means to an end, in this case, creating a circumstance that would have my characters running for their lives virtually all the time. I needed a boogeyman, in other words, and I chose vampires, or something vampire-like because I saw an opportunity to do something with them that I hadn’t really seen: to take magic out of the equation. The virals of The Passage aren't the vampires of literature. In the world of the story, they're the biological source of the legend. They're people with a disease, a viral infection that, from time to time, has emerged into the human population and produced symptoms that have, over centuries, morphed into the vampire myth.  It's a condition no more romantic than cancer, or AIDS, or the common cold.

There wasn't any update on the movie version of The Passage, but he did discuss what he plans to do after the trilogy concludes with the release of the third and final book, City of Mirrors, later this year:

I'm finishing the third volume of the Passage trilogy now. It's called The City of Mirrors. Like the first two, it's a long book, and I imagine I'll take a little break once it's done, but I've got three more projects I'm already making notes for. Probably I'll get back to work pretty quickly. You don't want to stand on the pier too long.

It's a very insightful interview and I'm sure you'll learn something new about Cronin. Read the whole thing at Rollins360.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

When Is "The Passage" Movie Coming To Theaters?

The Passage movie director Matt Reeves filming a scene for Cloverfield with Lizzie Caplan
"The Passage" movie director Matt Reeves filming
a scene for "Cloverfield" with Lizzie Caplan
Ever since I finished the book and discovered that The Passage was headed for the big screen, I've been regularly checking for any news about a release date. As of now, filming hasn't even started and no solid updates have been released in a while. Ridley Scott Productions purchased the film rights before the book was even released and teamed with Fox 2000 to develop the movie adaption after studios engaged in a serious bidding war:

For five days Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox battled over the film rights to Mr. Ainsley's novel "The Passage," the first book of a planned trilogy about vampires born not of bat bites, but of medical experiments gone awry. The winning bid, made last month [July 2007] by Fox 2000 and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, was $1.75 million.

The last big update about the film came in the spring of 2011 when it was announced that Matt Reeves - director of Cloverfield and Let Me In - had signed on to direct the film after producer Ridley Scott considered directing the movie himself. The script was written by John Logan but Reeves is overseeing a rewrite by Jason Keller. Logan wrote the screenplay for Gladiator, one of my personal favorite movies of all time, so I was sad to learn that he was replaced but Keller is a great choice as well (he wrote the screenplay for Machine Gun Preacher).

The best we can do at this point is take a guess on a release date. Since it's been over two years now since Reeves and Keller teamed up for the rewriting process, I would assume that a script is finished. Reeves has been busy recently filming next year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes but does not appear to have any movies lined up after that. Hopefully he rolls right into The Passage after Apes is released, which would probably mean we could expect a movie in 2016.

I created this site because I'm a fan of the books and I'm very excited for the movies - and I assume there are many others like me out there. I'll be doing my best to find out any updates on the film and I'll be sure to update this site with the latest news. Stay up to date by following me on twitter!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Justin Cronin Blurbs "The Curiosity" by Stephen P. Kiernan

Early this month, a book with a blurb from our man Justin Cronin was released called The Curiosity: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan. It's a thriller about a team of scientists who discover a man buried deep in the Arctic ice and reanimate him, bringing him back to life. Justin had great things to say about the book and his words ended up being used on the cover:

Here's his full quote:

"The Curiosity is a true page-turner, mixing cutting-edge science with an all-too-human love story, while simultaneously taking on the Big Questions: What is the true measure of a human life? Where does the line fall between legitimate science and playing God? If death could be undone, what would it mean to live? I'm green with envy for this writer's bold imagination. It's one of the most assured debuts in years, a book that will stop your heart and start it again."

Publishers use blurbs from other authors on book covers to attract readers who may need some more convincing before purchasing a book. They are especially important for first time authors. I certainly wouldn't have heard of this book if I hadn't discovered Justin's quote, and now it's on my reading list! Pick up a copy for yourself at Amazon.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Watch Justin Cronin Get a Call From Stephen King

When Justin was promoting The Passage back in 2010, he made an appearance on "Good Morning America". It was a great interview that provided some nice insights into the man behind the novel.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview came at the beginning when he was talking about how his daughter inspired the story:

"I think every really interesting thing a man does in his life he probably does to impress a girl, and I did indeed write this book to impress my then 9-year-old daughter."

Later in the interview, novelist Stephen King called in to share his enthusiasm for the book and you can tell from the look on Justin's face that it was a special moment. Take a look!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Justin Cronin Reviews Benjamin Percy’s Novel 'Red Moon'

Last month, The Passage author Justin Cronin wrote a book review for the New York Times of Benjamin Percy's new werewolf novel Red Moon. He had some interesting things to say about the book, which he describes as "the world’s first 9/11 werewolf book":
In the world Percy has conceived, werewolves (or "lycans," as they are called) have been around since the seventh century. Their condition is caused by a prion known as lobos — a viruslike, blood-borne con
tagion that stimulates the amygdala and hypothalamus in moments of stress. (Think of the Incredible Hulk.) Feared, misunderstood and often persecuted, many have settled in the Lupine Republic, a discouraging patch of permafrost in northern Scandinavia, currently under American military occupation to safeguard its valuable uranium resources. At home, roughly 1 in 20 Americans carries the infection. A majority go peaceably about their lives of mandated medication — a mind-dulling silver-infused concoction wittily named Volpexx — and curtailed civil liberties. A radical minority do not. 
Sounds similar to certain elements of The Passage: a virus of mysterious origins, a country in chaos, a major threat to human survival. Read Justin’s full review and pick up your copy of Red Moon on Amazon.


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