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Scott takes Passage

07.20.2007

Fox has acquired the rights to the upcoming vampire novel THE PASSAGE for Ridley Scott to produce and direct. The book was written under the pseudonym "Jordan Ainsley" but the real author is Hemingway Award winner Justin Cronin. The film takes place in a postapocalyptic 2016 where the government experiments on death row inmates. As you might expect, one day the experiment goes terribly wrong turning the inmates into infectious vampires. All while this is taking place, a young girl named Amy finds she has "special powers" that might help the issue at hand. Sound like something you might want to read? Well don't exactly camp out at Barnes and Noble just yet. The book isn't expected to hit stores until 2009. Two years away and already sold for seven figures. Fox and Scott are hoping to turn PASSAGE into a trilogy to compete with some upcoming vampire flicks like DRACULA YEAR ZERO, CASTLEVANIA and THE HISTORIAN. No word yet on who might take a stab at adapting a script. Scott will be in attendance at next week's Comic-Con promoting BLADE RUNNER on DVD so feel free to ask him a question about this flick...

Extra Tidbit: Ballantine picked up the rights to the book for a cool $3.75 million.
Source: Variety

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4:34AM on 07/21/2007

vampires movies suck

Why do vampire movies suck so much nowadays? This plot sounds so campy and horrible. Vampires are supposed to be scary still, right? I mean are we done with the scary vampires? Are they just supposed to be dumbed down animal monsters now?
Why do vampire movies suck so much nowadays? This plot sounds so campy and horrible. Vampires are supposed to be scary still, right? I mean are we done with the scary vampires? Are they just supposed to be dumbed down animal monsters now?
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7:06PM on 07/20/2007
The only movie in that list I'm even looking forward to is THE HISTORIAN, if for no other reason than to see how they are going to accomplish translating it to film... plus its a great book!!!
The only movie in that list I'm even looking forward to is THE HISTORIAN, if for no other reason than to see how they are going to accomplish translating it to film... plus its a great book!!!
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2:50PM on 07/20/2007
Does just about every futuristic virus flick coming out have people mutating into vampires? When does that idea get deemed done to death? And Scott is getting involved in this? What--no historical revenge driven slaughter movies left to do in his repertois? (spellcheck, please) Is this his version of slumming?
Does just about every futuristic virus flick coming out have people mutating into vampires? When does that idea get deemed done to death? And Scott is getting involved in this? What--no historical revenge driven slaughter movies left to do in his repertois? (spellcheck, please) Is this his version of slumming?
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