Ridley Scott And 'Gladiator' Writer John Logan To Send Vampires Through 'The Passage'

Oh vampires... you pop culture darlings. You drink the blood of humans, turn into bats, abhor garlic and melt in the sunlight. Or sparkle, depending on what kind of vampire. And yet, despite all of these potential pitfalls, you've captured our hearts. Like it or not, vampires are here to stay. At least for the next little bit; we'll see what happens once the "Twilight" series caps off with "Breaking Dawn."

While the Stephenie Meyer series continues to enthrall teens and pre-teens everywhere, other filmmakers are looking towards more mature content. There's Matt Reeves' "Let Me In" of course, an Americanized remake of Tomas Alfredson's Swedish blood-sucker flick, "Let the Right One In." And "Daywalkers." And "Priest."

Now there's another one, according to Variety: the eternally busy director/producer Ridley Scott has turned to his old pal and "Gladiator" collaborator John Logan to write an adaptation of Jonathan Ainsley's vampire novel, "The Passage." And the band plays on...

It's worth noting that Scott and Logan haven't partied together since their collaboration on the Oscar-winning "Gladiator." Vampires are as good a reason as any to bring them back together, and "The Passage" has a good pedigree. Ainsley, pseudonym of award-winning author Justin Cronin, sold his then-unfinished novel to Fox 2000 two years ago.

The story offers yet another scenario in which vampires are explained in real-world terms (see also: The Strain). When terminally ill patients in South America are miraculously cured after being bitten by a certain breed of bat, the government begins conducting tests to see what more can be done. As you might imagine, the experiments go awry and newly created vampires -- including death row inmates -- spew forth into the world. Go us.

It sounds like a cool story, but don't expect to be reading it any time soon. Cronin/Ainsley's book has not been released yet, and it doesn't hit stores until June 8, 2010. This might also be a blessing for Scott and Logan, whose combined resumes will probably keep the duo busy until the mid 2020s. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it's a safe bet that the "Passage" adaptation is still a long way off.

What do you think of "The Passage," based on the little that's out there? Will a 2010/2011 release for the adaptation -- conjecture, but certainly possible -- be too late? What do you think will happen to pop culture's vampire craze once the last of the "Twilight" flicks are done?