Mark-Paul Gosselaar Vampire Drama The Passage Nabs Series Order at Fox

Steve Dietl  FOX		L-R Saniyya Sidney and Mark Paul Gosselaar in The Passage

Based on the best-selling trilogy from Justin Cronin and developed for television by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights), The Passage focuses on 10-year-old Amy (Saniyya Sidney), set to be a test subject in a secret government experiment centered around a unsafe virus. According to the official description, the virus "could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race".

Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza, Bloodline's Jamie McShane and Caroline Chikezie, late of The Shannara Chronicles, are also attached.

"The Passage" was originally picked up to pilot off-cycle at the network a year ago and eyed for a fall 2018 launch. Complicating matters was the fact that Marcos Siega, the pilot's director, was not readily available to direct the reshoots due to other commitments.

Elizabeth Heldens ("Friday Night Lights", "The Orville") adapted the books and will executive produce with Matt Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Adam Kassan. Reeves' 6th & Idaho and Scott's Scott Free will produce with 20th Century Fox Television.

Fox is sinking its teeth into the new TV season, handing a series order to the Mark-Paul Gosselaar vampire drama The Passage, TVLine has learned. In a relatively rare move for a broadcast network, Fox instead chose to rework the script and re-shoot the pilot with several cast changes and a new director (Jason Ensler, who regularly worked on Fox's The Exorcist series, replacing Marcos Siega).



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