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Ridley Scott Finds Super-Vampires In THE PASSAGE!!

Merrick here...
Fox 2000 has won the bidding war for a book called THE PASSAGE. At this time, it's an incomplete manuscript targeted for adaptation as a trilogy of films. The book, by Justin Cronin, should be published by Ballantine 'round 2009. THE PASSAGE... a postapocalyptic vampire story set in 2016. The dark tale revolves around a U.S. government project gone awry that turn a group of experimental subjects -- condemned inmates plucked from death row -- into highly infectious vampires. Meanwhile, an orphan named Amy discovers that she has unusual powers, seemingly related to the crisis that quickly overtakes civilized society
...says THIS ARTICLE in Variety. Current designs point to Ridley Scott producing the adaptations, and possibly directing. Ridley's never done vampires before; it'll be interesting to see how this unfolds. He came close when he was attached to the Arnold Schwarzenegger version of I AM LEGEND...which, as we all know...didn't work out & is now being brought to us by Will Smith and CONSTANTINE director Francis Lawrence. However, back in 1983, his brother Tony directed a little fang lady flick many people seem to forget about. THE HUNGER...

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  • July 20, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by wowsah156


  • July 20, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Planet of the Vampires-->Alien

    by bgart13


  • July 20, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    the Victoria Beckham special on NBC was great!

    by Boomers_Lips

    bitch is fierce!

  • July 20, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I happen to work for government research

    by SkeletonParty

    and I know for a fact we stopped infecting death row inmates with vampirism during the Clinton administration.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott should have done I Am Legend.

    by Bubba Gillman

    Only with Russell Crowe, not Arnold. Can't believe the Will Smith version will end the way the book does.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    what the....

    by RockLobster800

    sooo, the book hasnt ben published yet and already its like "we are adapting it as a trilogy of films"...ummm....what if it's shite? what if its another Underworld styled pile of balls? Why is Hollywood so desperate to adapt this so suddenly? (sigh) I have no energy to write a proper rant at present....

  • July 20, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I haven't forgotten about The Hunger..

    by Boba Fat

    Well, one scene in The Hunger.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    Yet another vampire movie, eh? I like Ridley Scott, but a trilogy of post-apocalyptic vampire movies? He'll have to film something astonishing and huge-budget to get me even close to the theater. "Thirty Days of Night" is the first vampire movie in years that looks even remotely worth watching, but maybe Ridley will cook up something great. I don't know.<p> I'm just tired of vapid and talky Anne Rice vampires. If you want to scare me, give me feral killing machine vampires. Hopefully these are what "Passage" revels in.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Amy the vampire Slayer...

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    sounds a bit derivative. <p> but i love me a well done post-apocalyptic story.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I don't want to get too optimistic about this.

    by Nice Marmot

    But the idea of Ridley actually trying to SCARE us again is promising.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Scott=yay; vampires=boo

    by Dollar Bird

    Sweet mother, I am so exhausted with vampires and zombies. Used to be, zombies only showed up in living dead movies and weird Voodoo episodes of Scooby Doo. Now, look—they're everywhere. Novels even about how to survive a world teeming with 'em. I wish someone would go back to the old school pre-Dracula vampires from the old country where they were horrible, ugly, puffy and pasty things. I want something fresh, people! Why couldn't the government have taken inmates and turned them into fish people to appease a marine, god-like being. (That idea is just as lame as the vampires, Dollar Bird.) C'mon, there's countless horror beasties out there, and we've been stuck with the same two for the past 15 years or so. Scott invented a new horror critter with some success with "Alien". I'm sure he or someone else could do it again.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I agree...

    by smallfry

    ...I am bored with vampires now. Ridley Scott should make a film about squids. In hats.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Ridley should make Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Movie!

    by Boomers_Lips

    instead of this boring garbage he's thinking of making.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott won't make this film

    by smallfry

    Every week there is another film that Ridley Scott is supposed to be directing. The majority turn out not to happen.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by smallfry

    Too late! I already have the copyright. Cuttlefish in beards is available if you want it tho

  • July 20, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by malpaso

    Plus, "Lifeforce" did the space vampire thing best! Unless hot naked chick stands at the center of this flick, it's gonna be a dud.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Actually smallfry...

    by raw_bean

    ...since all that's needed is to publish it somewhere (like an internet forum, say) to have copyright on something, I think you've just snapped up 'cuttlefish in beards' as well. I hereby reserve turtles on bikes, though.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by smallfry

    I see franchise crossover potential is this. Squids in hats vs turtles on bikes. Directed by Paul Anderson. Featuring bullet time footage if turtles doing wheelies.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott directing a vampire movie....

    by liljuniorbrown

    Wow, sounds like a deal to me.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Just what we need...

    by godoffireinhell

    Another fucking vampire movie! Shit sucks!

  • July 20, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    werewolves and squids in hats

    by Dollar Bird

    Werewolves (beyond "Underworld" and utterly forgettable Nicholson vehicle, "Wolf") would be cool. As would squids in hats, beared cuttlefish, turtles on bikes, nuclear algae, sloths with knives, Pol Pot's acorns, and giant, sexy badgers who make Triscuits. I guess what I really want is something totally inhuman. Can't someone with talent take on a H.P. Lovecraft kind of thing? I'd almost rather have something that chills to the bone over something that chews on bones.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Lifeforce was the only good vampire movie.

    by Boomers_Lips

    the scene where Captain Picard loses all his blood in the helicopter.....fantastic!

  • July 20, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I would have loved to see Ridley and Arnold

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    do an I Am Legend movie. Damn. DAMN YOU QUAID!

  • July 20, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    and anyone see the Joker footage on SuperheroHype?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    It wasn't very clear but there's just something irksome about his fucking long hair being all poofy. If he can't have fucking short hair like he should, at least he should have it slicked back.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Vampires meets Bladerunner meets Alien

    by pipergates

    Ridley is the master.. too much to hope for...

  • July 20, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I'm a child of the 80's

    by kafka07

    and I'll never forget The Hunger. Also, I think Ridley could do post-apocalyptic vampires well and not cheesey like Underworld.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Top 3 Vampire Movies of all time? Mine are:

    by Lance Rock

    1. The Hunger 2. Near Dark 3. Fright Night

  • July 20, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by i kick tits

    AND HERMIONE KILLS SNAPE. Just saved you 20$ and about 15 hours. Love me. Love, me.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by TheBloop

    Sounds just like 28 Days Later but with Vampires instead of blood vomitting zombies. Fuck that, Scott should do the sequal to "Swim Fan" instead.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by TheBloop

    Sounds just like 28 Days Later but with Vampires instead of blood vomitting zombies. Fuck that, Scott should do the sequal to "Swim Fan" instead.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Uh, isn't this the plot of Ultraviolet?

    by spacehog

    And we all know how that turned out. The orphan has some kind of cure for vampirism in her blood, right?

  • July 20, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    LIFEFORCE isn't a good movie.

    by godoffireinhell

    Don't let nostalgia over jacking off to it as a kid cloud your judgment.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    whats the movie where Jim Carrey was a vampire?

    by Boomers_Lips

    it had Lauren Hutton trying to act sexy with her tooth gap. and the movie was supposedly funny.

  • July 20, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I Am Not Legend

    by Spartacus Hughs

    Although some of the shots look quite interesting I find the trailer thoroughly disappointing and annoying. Why does everyone have to be shown working out? A far more accomplished and faithful version would have made a classic film but for a tenth of the budget. Instead they do Blade 4.0. Stay In Neville.

  • July 20, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by Harrys Unborn Child


  • July 20, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Was The Hunger any good?

    by rbatty024

    If I'm not mistaken it had Bowie in it. I should probably check it out.

  • July 20, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    boring please no. waste of time films vampires gag

    by skiff

    just sounds like blade maybe if it was lestat but that was killed with queen of the damded

  • July 20, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    My horror movie

    by ScamsAndFlams

    Zombie Chris Benoit has returned and created an army of undead pro wrestlers bent on piledriving open our skulls for precious, precious brains. Only the unlikeliest savior of humanity can save humanity: OJ Simpson. Also, OJ is now a vampire. Wolf Blitzer plays his lycanthropic man-servant, Blumpkin.

  • July 20, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Lifeforce Rocked!

    by TheBloop

    Hot naked vampire chick with big knockers that could suck your life force thru a garden house. Don't be hating on Lifeforce now!

  • July 20, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    "Fright Night" Remake NOW!!

    by TheBloop

    Scott should do that. Jason Biggs as Charlie. Mandy Moore as his prude girl friend. Dustin Diamond as Evil Ed. Casper Van Damn as the vampire. Tony Head as Peter Vincet, the great vampire hunter. Folks we have a hit!

  • July 20, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    How come MY half-baked ideas aren't optioned as movies?

    by rev_skarekroe

    I got a million of 'em!

  • July 20, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    We've had plenty of good vampire movies, we need....

    by The Dum Guy

    Some good werewolf movies. The only one that I know of that is going to come out soon is the Wolfman remake with Benecio Del Toro, other than that I can't think of any others. Now vampires, we got lots of vampires, 30 Days of Night, I Am Legend (I know it isn't actual vamps, but close enough), the new Dracula movie (not sure if it is actually vampiric) and we've had a slew of them over the past few years... but no good werewolf movies. Why?

  • July 20, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    screw vampires & werewovles, we need more Frankenstien!

    by Boomers_Lips

    note to Hollyweird, make more Franksentein movies! he's fierce!!!

  • July 20, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    or remake Creature from the Black Lagoon!

    by Boomers_Lips


  • July 20, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood

    by bloodysam

    I thought Scott was doing a stupid Robin Hood movie.

  • July 20, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    How come Government experiments always go awry?

    by Trazadone

    Darn those pesky government experiments! They're always going awry. They should require a "going awry" impact statement for all new proposals starting now. What about the experiments that don't go awry? How come you never hear about them? "Heck, senator, me and my team have had a working death squad of intelligent werewolves contained in an underground facility for the past eight years, haven't been a lick of trouble."

  • July 20, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Fuck Vampires, Werewovles and Frankenstien..

    by TheBloop

    and Fuck the mummy, when are we going to get some descent CHUPACABRA movies! The goat sucker!

  • July 20, 2007, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Project: Metal Beast is the heat!

    by TheBloop

    When are we going to get more cyborg -werewolve movies like Project Metal Beast? The stories must be told!

  • July 20, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Decent werewolf movies...

    by Shard Harventh

    Sure need more good werewolf movies. An American Werewolf was good, and Dog Soldiers was great, but any others? God, hate to say it, but even Ginger Snaps was fucking boring...

  • July 20, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    fiester... From what I'm heard this is still going on.

    by The Dum Guy

    But, I want to know what is happening with the supposed sequel to Dog Soldiers, I heard somewhere that the director (can't remember his name) had invisioned it as a possible trilogy, or at least the second was supposed to deal with the military being involved with the werewolves.

  • July 20, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Benecio is the guy from Traffic and Usual Suspects...

    by The Dum Guy

    He's the actor playing the wolfman.

  • July 20, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Nope... The only good vampire movie was...

    by Kid Z

    ... Near Dark... except for the lame-ass ending.

  • July 20, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    And there's never been a good...

    by Kid Z

    ... werewolf movie... and never will be! They always look like wolves on steroids (American Werewolf in London... the only werewolf movie that's come close to being good), guys with fur glued to their faces (The Wolfman, Wolf) or Wile E. Coyote (The Howling, Underworld). LAME!

  • July 20, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Freaking Lifeforce

    by chi3fhog

    What a B-grade classic. Matilda May prancing around naked as a soul-sucking vampire= win. The movie actually starts out decent but is a trainwreck in the 3rd act. Suddenly, she's a shapesifter? WTF. Wasn't there some controversy over who truly directed the film?

  • July 20, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I am Legend isn't even out & the copycats are

    by Yeti

    coming out of the woodwork already.

  • July 20, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    So genitically engeniered Vampires are the new zombies

    by Yeti

    (who were the new vampires) and well, you get the point.

  • July 20, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Those crazy Russian Vampire flicks

    by IamLogic

    I have not seen those movies yet. Are they any good. You know, the Daybreak and Nightwatch movies?

  • July 20, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Fuck you, "I kick tits"! What a dick!

    by Zardoz

    You better be lying about your Potter spoilers, you son-of-a-bitch! God! What kind of retard does that?

  • July 20, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Lifeforce Rules!

    by Tiki-421

    How can anybody dis' a movie about sexual vampires from space. Benicio as Larry Talbot; Awesome

  • July 20, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Don't hate The Howling

    by skimn

    and don't ever say a bad word about the work of Rob Bottin. M May's bod was the ONLY good thing in Lifeforce. Railsback was god awful. And BoomersLips you stole my idea..remake Creature From The Black Lagoon. And Hey, have Rob Bottin do the creature suit..

  • July 20, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Night Watch & Day Watch

    by psychedelic

    Night Watch is terrific. It was one of the coolest movies I'd seen in a while and made the director one to watch. I've seen it several times, even listened to DVD commentary. However, Day Watch was a real dissapointment. It plods along and the enticing possibilites at the end of the first flick aren't really developed. There's a funny bit in the middle and some cool stuff near the end, but it's pretty much a yawner. I wonder how the novels the Night Watch movies are based on hold up.

  • July 20, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    The first hour of the howling was great

    by TheBloop

    The last 35 minutes Joe Dante tried to make it a comedy. But the early scene with Eddie in the porn shop about to attack the reported, and the scene were the woman has her throat bit by the Werewolf were realy scary at the time it came it out.

  • July 20, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    attack of the typos

    by TheBloop

    sorry for the last post, my three year old was fussing with my powerbook. any how, the first hour of the Howling was the best werewolf movie ever!

  • July 20, 2007, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't Ridley Scott...

    by Mosquito March

    ...try making one good movie every five years instead of one mediocre-to-bad movie almost every year? When was the last time this guy knocked something out of the park? And, don't say GLADIATOR - that movie is a plastic piece of shit that only worked because of Russell Crowe.

  • July 20, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by Lerkst

    Someone here mentioned everyday, Ridley is directing something. That's not a bad thing; he's the finest director in the business. He's made the two best war films ever, all within the last five years. He doesn't always get it right---but who does. There's Ridley, and then there's everyone else.

  • July 20, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    the last decent vampire movies...

    by datachasm

    were Interview with the Vampire, The Lost Boys, and Salem's Lot. EVERYTHING else has been a retarded joke, especially Buffy. i miss the old dreadful vamps such as Christopher Lee... the new "dude im totally gonna bite you" style vampires make me wanna destroy something.

  • July 20, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    datachasm don't hate on BUFFY

    by TheBloop

    The movie sucked, but the series was one the 10 best tv shows of all time.

  • July 20, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I KICK TITS.... If that is true....

    by Kirbymanly

    I am going to hunt you down and beat your pussy ass!

  • July 20, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a trilogy about LOK: Soul Reaver

    by RetroActive

    The last entry was convoluted, but it would make for a cool movie and move Vamps to some place other than Mars!

  • July 20, 2007, 7:45 p.m. CST

    The man has got so much on his plate.

    by ImFixingtoDie

    BODY OF LIES, BLOOD MERIDIAN, TRIPOLI. He works at a very brisk pace (He's made 7 films already this decade), but even so, he's getting up there. He should slow it down. I would gladly take anything as good as the Director's Cut of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN though. One of the best films of the decade.

  • July 20, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    The Hunger is one of the best Vampire movies ever.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Bar none at the top of my personal list for overall best Vampire movie to date. Then of course I have to go with "Shadow of The Vampire" as a close second.

  • July 20, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST

    The Hunger and Dick Smith...

    by TheRealSeveren

    brilliant flick, atmospheric, seductive, horrific...has one of the sexiest montages of the 80s too. If it wasnt already known, in the scene where Bowie ages 70 years in a few minutes, Dick Smith solidified himself as the best makeup EFX aritst of all time.

  • July 20, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST

    vampires gotta eat

    by Jubba

    mmm...people blood

  • July 20, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Salems Lot, Near Dark, Fright Night >The Hunger

    by TheBloop

    Hell, I would out John Carptener's VAMPIRES ahead of that boring film. Kronos as well.

  • July 20, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Salems Lot, Near Dark, Fright Night >The Hunger

    by TheBloop

    Hell, I would out John Carptener's VAMPIRES ahead of that boring film. Kronos as well.

  • July 20, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    You can keep the 'modern' feral, animalistic vampires

    by Frank Rook

    I'll stick with Nosferatu and Christopher Lee.

  • July 20, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST

    The Hunger is actually good?

    by Frank Rook

    Most of the reviews I've read said it's a turd.

  • July 20, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    government science experiment gone awry

    by kabong

    The creative juices were secreting like pus for that "idea." Hollyweird is so dynamic and exciting, making movies that are beyond human capacity for enjoyment. Yeah, right.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    What a dumb movie...

    by lynxpro

    Sounds like a mix between Scott's *American Legend* and that kraptacular film *Ultraviolet* and probably with the worst parts of both fused together. Ridley, don't make this copycat flick.

  • July 20, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Chronos was an awesome vampire film...

    by lynxpro

    And I don't care what revisionists say, *Blade* made vampires real. That trilogy was a fine lot of vampire flicks.

  • July 20, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Chronos was a pseudo-vampire pic, but a good one...

    by The Dum Guy

    I watched it years ago expecting more horror what I got was Ron Perlman, and I was like, hey, its Ron Perlman.<br><br>I liked it but, wouldn't rate it as vampire movie per se, but one could argue Shadow of The Vampire was a pseudo-biographical pic, which it was, but with a vampire. I think we should get more movies like it, where they use real events, but with monsters... Nevermind, if they went that route it could end up where they make a movie that has zombies destroying Mideval Europe during the plague, wait that doesn't sound too bad.

  • July 21, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Who doesn't want to see Catherine Deneuve


    & Susan Sarandon getting it on? I'd buy THAT for a dollar! THE HUNGER is a fine movie!

  • July 21, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Vampires are gay.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Nobody but fat, horny 15 year-old girls with MySpace pages give a fuck about vampire movies in this day and age.

  • July 21, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    What about a govt experiment that DOESN'T go awry?

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    What if the government actually uses their genetically engineered vampire hybrids to kick some FUCKING TERRORIST ASS ("AMERica--Fuck, Yeah! Here to save, the MOTHERFUCKIN' day, yeah!...").

  • July 21, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by Ray Gamma


  • July 21, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The Greatest vampire progect yet-to-be-made

    by chien_sale

    Is by far the best vampire series that's ever been done in novels and it's Bryan Lumley's "Necroscope". It's a masterpiece. It's Bram Stocker meets HP Lovecraft. It's pretty sick with imaginative concepts and Worlds. Very epic and scary. Forget the whiny Anne Rice vampires. These guys are flesh destroyers(while keeping the myths we know of). It starts as a cold war story where the Goverments hire special people to talk to the dead. If you knew how they do that you would not believe it. But then one of these specials gets taken over by an alien force that tells him their history, how they came to Earth from the dawn of time coming from a worm hole and it's pretty much the history of the vampires, having been there during the bloody crusades etc...If you can't read the novels, go find the comics, they're as great and sick too.

  • July 22, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Animal Structure as usual proves to be a tasteless tool

    by ImFixingtoDie

    I will now direct your attention to CRIMSON TIDE, ENEMY OF THE STATE, MAN ON FIRE, DEJA VU, GLADIATOR, BLACK HAWK DOWN, MATCHSTICK MEN and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. The Scotts are two of the best genre filmmakers working. They're certainly hit and miss (DOMINO and A GOOD YEAR), but their films, especially a Ridley Scott film, are always a cause for anticipation.

  • July 22, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I Kick Tits is talking bollocks.

    by Edward_nygma

    As you can probably ascertain from his name, I Kick Tits is a simple moron, and does not possess any Potter spoilers. So anyone avoiding spoilers for the book, don't worry, he's given away nothing, but seriously, what are you doing casually perusing the talkbacks? This place is filled with the kind of arseholes who will pull that sort of shit. Stay away until you've read it.

  • July 23, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST

    "The Hunger" clip

    by MacTard420

    ended a little too early. Now I have to go look at real porn!!!