Whenever I hear about a company like Fox picking up a trilogy of books these days, especially vampire books, for some reason I usually think they’re going to be books written for young adults, or YA novels. Thankfully such is not the case with the series of vampire novels on their way from Jordan Ainsley (pictured, a pseudonym for Justin Cronin), which starts off with The Passage.
Variety reports this morning that Fox 2000 has nabbed the rights to the forthcoming trilogy, with Scott Free handling production duties. Apparently Ridley Scott himself is who brought the project in the first place, so there’s a chance he could take the director’s chair for The Passage when it happens.
The apocalyptic series begins when cancer patients get better after being bitten by bats in South America. The government does some research into the phenomenon and, instead of synthesizing a cure for cancer; end up unleashing a horde of vampires onto the world. Nice work, government!
The Passage isn’t set for publication until summer of 2009, since it was bought by Ballatine based on a manuscript and outline it’s technically not even written yet, so expect the info on this to be slow and steady for the next few years!
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