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Jason Keller to pen THE PASSAGE for Matt Reeves

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by: Joshua Brunsting
June 21st, 2011

After directing the wonderfully visceral remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN known as LET ME IN, director Matt Reeves could do almost anything he wanted. However, after announcing that he’ll direct a new vampire film, THE PASSAGE, it looks like he’s set to team with an equally hot writer on this much-talked about project.

THR is reporting that Jason Keller (MACHINE GUN PREACHER, also has a co-writing credit on Relativity’s upcoming SNOW WHITE project) will be penning the film, itself based on a Justin Cronin novel. The film has a first draft penned by John Logan (RANGO) back from when the film had Ridley Scott attached to the director’s chair, but it looks like the film may be getting a brand new take.

Personally, while I’m not familiar with Keller’s writing work, I do have a lot of love for Reeves and what he can do with a vampire-based project like this one, so this is one film I can’t wait to check out. I think the premise is intriguing (full synopsis below), and with this creative team behind it, it could be something really special. What do you think?

Here’s the novel’s synopsis:

"Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the virals, or dracs—but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals’ agelessness, but not the virals’ mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award–winner Cronin (The Summer Guest) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style."

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