I’m bummed that the vampire thing has taken off like this. Vampires are probably among my least favorite monsters, and now they’re everywhere. And they’re not just sitting at the B-movie edges; Ridley Scott is getting into the vampire game.
Scott’s Gladiator writer, John Logan, has been hired to adapt The Passage, a vampire book by award winning author Justin Cronin (who wrote it under a fake name, natch), with Scott potentially directing. The Variety synopsis:
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.
It seems unlikely that Scott will direct; at the age of 108 and with 99 other projects on his plate, it’s more likely that Scott is investigating vampirism as a way to live forever and make all the movies he wants to make.