Deadline reports that Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) has signed to direct The Passage at Fox 2000.
The film will be an adaptation of Jordan Ainsley’s (pseudonym for author Justin Cronin) vampire novel. In the novel, terminally ill patients become healthy after they are bitten by bats in South America, and the government conducts secret tests on human subjects to see if the virus can cure illness. The result is an apocalyptic unleashing of bloodthirsty vampire test subjects that include death row inmates.
Scott Free is producing the adaptation. Reeves will reportedly supervise a rewrite of John Logan’s script.
Reeves last week also signed up to adapt Ray Nelson’s short story Eight O’Clock in the Morning for Universal. The filmmaker is writing that script himself.