Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who many of us grew up watching on “Saved by the Bell”, stars in Fox’s post-apocalyptic pilot “The Passage”, which hails from executive producers Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant) and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes). Deadline reports that they’re going back to reshoot the pilot in Atlanta as Fox is still hot the property and hope to have it ready for fall 2018.
Along with Gosselaar, Fox has cast Saniyya Sidney (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”), Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk, Yoga Hosers), Brianne Howey, BJ Britt, and Jennifer Ferrin in leading roles.
“The Passage” is based on Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name and is described as an epic, character-driven thriller that morphs into a post-apocalyptic odyssey, which spans over a century and is told across two timelines. The story focuses on a 10-year-old girl named Amy Bellafonte (Sidney) who must save the human race. Gosselaar will play an FBI agent, who balks at kidnapping Amy, who has been targeted for an unholy government experiment and goes on the run with her with a veritable army of feds on his heels.
The hourlong drama hails writer Liz Heldens, who will executive produce with Scott, Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, David W. Zucker and Marcos Siega who will direct the pilot. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio. Scott is producing through his Scott Free banner and Reeves through his 6th & Idaho shingle.
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