I hope you didn’t think that spectacles like the Great Snow White Race of 2011 were going to disappear in 2012. There are multiple incarnations of Beauty and the Beast, Frankenstein and many other tales brewing at studios, all of which want to squeeze some money out of recognizable public domain characters.

Dracula is looking like the next target of attacks on multiple fronts. We just heard that Dracula Year Zero is back from the dead, and the film Harker, which recasts the Bram Stoker character as a member of Scotland Yard, is gearing up. Now Sony has picked up a new Dracula spec script from Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror, Mirror and a rewrite on The Tomb), with the intent to create a ‘period franchise.’ Read More »

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Recently Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, was linked to the adaptation of Justin Cronin‘s zombie apocalypse novel The Passage. Previously developed by Ridley Scott and screenwriter John Logan, the movie is now going to get a new script revision at the hands of Jason Keller. (Writer of Machine Gun Preacher, and the Snow White project at Relativity.) Read More »

Just last week, Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves signed to direct a new film based on the story 8 O’Clock in the Morning, which was once turned into the John Carpenter film They Live. Now he’s signed to adapt another prose property. This time it is Justin Cronin‘s novel The Passage, in which science accidentally creates a host of vampires that nearly wipe out mankind. Ridley Scott was once attached to direct, and he was a more obvious choice than Matt Reeves, whose films so far have told stories on a smaller scale than this.

More details on the book and the deal are after the break. Read More »

Ridley Scott

Fox 2000 has signed screenwriter John Logan to adapt the Jordan Ainsley vampire novel The Passage. Fox is developing the project as a potential directing vehicle for Ridley Scott, who last teamed with Logan on the Academy Award-winning film Gladiator.
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