Vampire TV series The Passage in the works at Fox from producer Ridley Scott

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Nov 17, 2016, 9:52 AM EST (Updated)

 There's a new vampire show headed our way. Fox put in a pilot order for a TV series based on Justin Cronin’s acclaimed horror book trilogy The Passage.

According to Deadline, the project will hail from Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights), Matt Reeves (Felicity), Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free Productions, and 20th Century Fox TV. The pilot will be penned and executive-produced by Heldens, with Reeves tagging along as executive producer and director.

The project has apparently been in the works since 2007, when Fox 2000 nabbed the rights to the first book (which was only half-written at the time) with plans to turn it into a feature film with Scott Free acting as producers. The powers-that-be came to the conclusion that the storyline would be better served as a TV series and the project was handed over to 20th Century Fox TV.  Heldens was hand-picked for the job partly because she’s a fan of the books (which is a definite plus in my book) and also hit it off with the producers (which is a definite plus in theirs).

The story starts up in the near future as “a character-driven government conspiracy thriller” before delving into a post-apocalyptic world that’s been overrun by vampire-like creatures infected with a super contagious virus. Beginning in 2016 (the first book was published in 2010), the trilogy of books (The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors) covers the span of 93 years and centers on a 6-year-old girl named Amy Bellafonte who is basically humanity’s last hope.

Do you guys think The Passage will make for a great TV series?

(via Deadline)