Vampires aren’t going anywhere when it comes to television. At least not yet.
Fox has ordered a pilot for a series based on Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy. The series, called The Passage after Cronin’s first book, will feature a pilot written by Liz Heldens and directed by Matt Reeves, according to Deadline.
Heldens was a co-executive producer on Friday Night Lights, and created two short-lived series – Deception with Meagan Good for NBC and the summer series Camp with Rachel Griffiths.
Reeves is the popular director behind 2008’s Cloverfield as well as the more recent contributions to the Planet of the Apes film series – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.
The Passage begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans over a century, and focuses on a young girl named Amy, who must save the human race.
Also involved in the project are Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott and former The Good Wife producer David W. Zucker.
The project has been in development for years, dating back to Scott picking up the rights in 2007 before Cronin even finished the book, according to the trade publication. Scott’s plans were to turn the book into a feature, but later decided it would be better developed for television.
Cronin would eventually publish the first book in 2010, and followed it with The Twelve in 2012 and The City of Mirrors this year.
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