Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who many of us grew up watching on “Saved by the Bell”, starred 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 reported six months ago that they went back to reshoot the pilot. Now, this tracking board is reporting that Jason Ensler has come aboard to direct the additional material.
Additionally, changes are being made to the story, and subsequently, BJ Britt, Jennifer Ferrin, and Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk, Yoga Hosers) have exited the project after their characters were axed from the new pilot.
Original cast members Vincent Piazza, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”) and Brianne Howey still remain on board.
In her reconception of the pilot, writer Elizabeth Heldens has created three new characters -Dr. Tim Fanning, Dr. Major Nichole Sykes and Dr. Lila Kyle – and casting for these roles is currently underway.
“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.