There’s no better time to promote a new thriller than the week before Halloween. Earlier this evening FOX set the premiere date for “The Passage” and confirmed that the new show will air on January 14th. The series is based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name (available here on Amazon), and FOX describes the new series as “an expansive, character-driven action drama series.” The new series was written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”).
The show itself was executive-produced by Heldens, Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”).
“The Passage” 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, “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.
The series also stars Jamie McShane (“Bosch,” “Bloodline,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Caroline Chikezie (“The Shannara Chronicles”), Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage,” “Murder in the First”), Brianne Howey (“The Exorcist”), McKinley Belcher III (“Ozark,” “Mercy Street”), Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”) and Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Rescue Me”).
As we mentioned earlier, the series is written by Liz Heldens with Heldens, Matt Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Adam Kassan and Jason Ensler serving as executive producers. Marcos Siega served as an executive producer on the pilot, and he and Ensler directed the series premiere.