Fox Stakes Out Vampire Novel The Passage

Fox hopes to draw some blood with an adaptation of Justin Cronin's vampire novel "The Passage."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has ordered a pilot, written by Elizabeth Heldens ("Friday Night Lights") and executive produced by Matt Reeves, who directed "Let Me In,"  the 2010 remake of the Swedish drama "Let the Right One In." Reeves was initially attached to helm a film adaptation of "The Passage" in 2011.

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Published in 2010, "The Passage" is the first novel in a trilogy set in an apocalyptic -- and then post-apocalyptic -- future overrun by vampires carrying a highly contagious virus. The bestseller spans more than 90 years, which makes for an ambitious television adaptation. Here's the official description from Fox:

"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.”

The New York Times bestseller, which was followed in 2012 by "The Twelve" and in 2016 by "The City of Mirrors," earned high praise from Stephen King, who called in during Cronin's 2010 appearance on "Good Morning America" to say the author had "put the scare back into vampires."

"I really love your book," King told a surprised Cronin. "It's terrific and I hope it sells a million copies. It's got everything in it, wonderful characters, and it's just a terrific read from beginning to end. I can't think of a better book in the summertime."

Hailing from 20th Century Television, is also executive produced by Scott Free's Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. Cronin will serve as a co-executive producer.

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