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The PENNY DREADFUL/THE PASSAGE Connection

This can be a teensy bit hard to follow. Originally the plan was to adapt Justin Cronin’s series of novels into a series of movies, or at least *a* movie. In 2007 Fox 2000 bought the rights for the books for $1.75 million, which ain’t chump change. Ridley Scott was set to direct the movie. (At which point we could have claimed an ALIEN/HANNIBAL/THE TERROR/THE PASSAGE connection, and we still can, since Scott is still involved in the project as a producer.) John Logan was hired to write the screenplay. Yes, *that* John Logan, creator of PENNY DREADFUL who on a whim decided to cancel the series midway through the third season and then lied about it, claiming such was his plan all along. How much of Logan’s script remained when they got around to shooting the pilot for the television series is not known, but it probably wasn’t much, after they hired another writer to rewrite it. But hey, John still got paid. I doubt he complained too much.

There’s another cool connection. Matt Reeves was also set to direct the movie at one point, back when it still was a movie, before they chose to go with a television series instead. Matt Reeves directed CLOVERFIELD, LET ME IN (vampire cred!), and the exquisite DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES couplet. His success with the APES movies led to him being hired to oversee the Batman franchise for the DC Comics cinematic universe, serving as both writer and director of THE BATMAN, due out…sometime.

TheCheezman • February 20, 2019


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