Fox 2000 bites vampire tale

In a seven-figure deal, John Logan has been set by Fox 2000 to adapt “The Passage,” the Justin Cronin vampire novel being developed for Ridley Scott to potentially direct. It marks the first time that Logan and Scott have collaborated since the Oscar-winning “Gladiator.”

Fox 2000 acquired the book two years ago, paying seven figures for the three-book series right after its publishing rights sold to Ballantine for $3.75 million (Daily Variety, July 9, 2007). Book was originally auctioned under Jordan Ainsley, a pseudonym for PEN Hemingway Award-winning author Cronin. Scribe sold the book based on the first 400 pages and an outline, but the film adaptation awaited his completion of the book, which is nearly 1,200 pages.

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.

Logan, who scripted “Gladiator” with David Franzoni and William Nicholson, most recently scripted the Gore Verbinski-directed animated Paramount film “Rango,” the Juan Carlos Fresnadillo-directed “Bioshock” and “Empire” for Michael Mann. Logan’s play “Red,” will debut at London’s Donmar Warehouse on Dec. 3 and runs through Feb. 6.

He’s repped by CAA.

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