Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set to star in The Passage from executive producer Ridley Scott
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set to star in the upcoming FOX pilot The Passage, according to Variety. The series is based on the bestselling trilogy about a vampire plague from writer Justin Cronin. The series, about an attempt to save the human race from a vampire plague, would potentially take place over the span of a century, with a young girl named Amy at the center. Cronin’s book tells of terminally ill patients who become healthy after they are bitten by bats in South America. The government conducts secret tests on human subjects to see if the virus can cure illness, but the result is an apocalyptic unleashing of bloodthirsty vampire test subjects that include death row inmates.
The pilot was written by Elizabeth Heldens (Friday Night Lights). Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Let Me In) is attached to executive produce alongside Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. Cronin will also co-executive produce alongside Reeves’ 6th and Idaho Productions executive vice president Adam Kassan.
Reeves was first announced to direct a film version of The Passage in 2011, with Jason Keller redrafting a script by John Logan.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is best known for playing Zack Morris on the series Saved by the Bell from 1989-1992 as well as for starring on the series NYPD Blue and Franklin & Bash. He recently played Mike Lawson on the short-lived series Pitch. The Passage was called “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction,” by Stephen King and was a New York Times best-seller.
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