Matt Reeves has been hired by Fox 200) to direct a new epic vampire film called The Passage, which will be adapted from the a novel by Justin Cronin. Reeves has directed both Cloverfield which I didn't like, and Let Me In, which ended up being better than I expected, and this new film might be a good fit for him.
Like most vampire tales, this story really doesn't seem like anything we haven't seen before. The story follows "a group of terminally ill cancer patients that get get healthy after being subjected to the bites of bats in South America. Naturally, the government see this as a cure for the disease and starts experimenting. They end up with a legion of nearly indestructible, telepathic vampire masters that begin infecting the populace," bringing the world to the brink of extinction. It seems to have elements from films and stories such as I Am Legend, Daybreakers, 28 Day Later, but mostly bares resemblance to Steven King's The Stand.. Of course the movie will throw in some stuff that makes it different from the rest of the films. At least it is steering clear from the damn Twilight stuff.
Reeves will be working on a rewrite of the script that was written by John Logan who also wrote Gladiator, The Aviator, The Last Samurai, Sweeney Todd, Rango, and is currently working on Bond 23. As you can see Logan is a great screenwriter, so I think it's safe to say that we can expect to see a great looking vampire movie with a great script. I'm excited about this movie, even though there is an over saturation of vampire films right now. This actually could be good.
It was recently reported that Reeves was also going to direct 8 O’Clock in the Morning. Which is technically a remake of They Live, both are an adaptation of the short story by Ray Nelson.
Here's the official description of the book:
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
What do you think about Reeves directing this film The Passage?