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Epic vampire novel The Passage gets pilot greenlight at Fox

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Jan 27, 2017

One of the most acclaimed horror epics of the decade has taken its first step toward the screen.

The Wrap reports that Fox has ordered a pilot for a possible series based on The Passage, the mammoth apocalyptic novel from Justin Cronin about a plague of vampire-like beings that decimates the world.

The novel was published in 2010 to immediate praise, with Cronin's story -- which takes place over the course of more than 90 years -- cited in particular for its sweep and power. The film rights were snapped up by Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves before the book was even on shelves, and they originally had plans to adapt it into a motion picture.

Even though the project has now morphed into a TV show -- where a long book like this might get a more faithful rendition -- Scott and Reeves will still serve as executive producers, with Elizabeth Heldens writing the script and Cronin himself involved as a co-producer.

The author wrote two sequels as well -- 2012's The Twelve and 2016's The City of Mirrors -- so if The Passage makes it to TV and becomes a hit, there's quite a lot of story to draw upon.

We'll be keeping close tabs on this one as it hopefully gets on the air. If you have read The Passage, do you think it's better served on TV or as a movie?