Fox 2000 has won a fierce bidding war for the film rights to “The Passage,” a partial manuscript intended as a trilogy for Ridley Scott to produce and possibly direct.
The 2016-set dark tale revolves around the government conducting secret tests with human subjects to see if a South American bat virus can cure cancer. Instead, it unleashes a swarm of bloodthirsty vampires out of the test subjects, which include death row inmates.
Meanwhile, an orphan named Amy discovers that she has unusual powers, seemingly related to the crisis that quickly overtakes civilized society.
Justin Cronin (“Mary and O’Neil”) penned the postapocalyptic vampire story under the alias Jordan Ainsley, and the book will be published Summer 2009. Scott is presently working on “Nottingham,” a reworking of the Robin Hood tale.