After years in development (originally slated to be a film), Fox has given a pilot order to “The Passage”, a drama series based on Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy, Deadline reports. The high-profile project, which previously had a pilot production commitment, hails from Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”), “Felicity” co-creator Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV.
Written by Heldens, “The Passage” begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans over a century and focuses on a young girl named Amy who must save the human race.
Heldens executive produces alongside Reeves and Adam Kassan via 6th & Idaho and Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker via Scott Free Productions. Cronin is co-producer. 20th TV, where Heldens and Reeves’ 6th & Idaho are under overall deals, is the studio. Clayton Krueger will oversee for Scott Free and Rafi Crohn for 6th & Idaho.
“The Passage” trilogy by Cronin includes the best-selling eponymous first book, published in 2010 by Random House’s Ballantine Books, which was followed by “The Twelve” in 2012 and “The City of Mirrors” earlier this year.