Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Matt Reeves, best known for last year's undead success Let Me In and the monster hit, Cloverfield, is set to direct another horror epic featuring vampires. According to Deadline, Fox 2000 is having Reeves sink fang into the film The Passage, based on the best-selling Justin Cronin novel. When terminal cancer patients are subjected to the bites of bats in South America, they appear to be cured. The government furthers the experiments and everything unravels. Instead of a permanent cure for cancer, they unleash a vampiric plague. The patients are turned into superhuman, telepathic vampires that drive the human race to brink of extinction. It's good to see vampires get their monster status back after Twilight yanked their fangs out by turning them into sparkling, angst-ridden posers.
And speaking of monsters, it's zombie time! Lionsgate has tapped Craig Gillespie from Lars and the Real Girl and the upcoming Fright Night remake, to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Seth Grahame-Smith mash-up novel of the Jane Austen classic. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth must navigate drawing room society while battling an army of undead ghouls. Yummy!
I loved both novels and am looking forward to see what these two exciting directors do with the material. Do you think they have what it takes to deliver the goods for these best-selling novels?