Justin Cronin’s ‘The Passage’ Adaptation From Ridley Scott, Matt Reeves Lands Fox Pilot Order

Producer and director previously planned to adapt vampire novel as feature film

Fox has ordered a pilot of a potential series based on Justin Cronin’s “The Passage,” the network announced Thursday.

Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves, who previously optioned the bestselling vampire novel for feature film adaptation, will serve as executive producers, along with Elizabeth Heldens, who wrote the script.

David W. Zucker and Adam Kassan will also serve as EPs, while Cronin will serve as co-producer.

“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.

Cronin also wrote two sequel novels to “The Passage,” “The Twelve” and “The City of Mirrors.”

In 2011, Scott and Reeves had planned to adapt “The Passage” into a feature film for Fox 2000.

This marks Fox’s third drama pilot pickup of the season, following an untitled X-Men drama, set to be directed by Bryan Singer, and a straight-to-series order for Seth MacFarlane’s space epic “Orville.”

On the comedy side, the network has ordered paranormal sitcom “Ghosted,” starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, “Thin Ice” from “New Girl” creator Liz Merriwether, which follows a woman who travels to Antarctica and must contend with a crew of misfits, and “Linda From HR,” a single-camera comedy about a human resources rep whose life descends into a dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything.