Vampire’s stories are always a sure-fire way to attract audiences, pair that with a ’90s TV icon and surely you are onto a winner. FOX has done just that with their brand new series ‘The Passage’.
Based on Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy and transformed for television by writer Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights), The show stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, he of the iconic blond haircut from the ’90s hit show ‘Saved By The Bell’. If that wasn’t enough to spark your interest the show also has the legendary Emmy® Award-winning and Academy Award® nominated executive producer Ridley Scott (The Martian, Gladiator), and writer/director Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) attached to the project.
The series focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl (Saniyya Sidney, Fences, Hidden Figures) is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saved By The Bell, Pitch) is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.
Zehra Phelan sat down with leading man Gosselaar to find out if it was just the names of Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves that got him interested in the show or not, His thoughts on whether secret medical experiments seep through into fiction from reality and more. He also tells us he would be happy for a ‘Saved By The Bell’ reunion but only if it was written well.
The series premieres on FOX January 15th at 9pm, 2019, here’s our interview with Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
The Passage Season 1 Interview
Here’s the trailer for the show