|"The Passage" movie director Matt Reeves filming|
a scene for "Cloverfield" with Lizzie Caplan
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!