Looks like The Passage is going to take a little longer than expected, as Fox Entertainment announced that their high-profile vampire drama pilot could be under-going reshoots that would put the series in contention for a Fall 2018 premiere. Fox Entertainment president David Madden made news with the announcement at the Television Critics Association 's (TCA's) press event, where he told Deadline Hollywood:
"There is a lot that we loved about it. There were some things we felt we needed to explore the possibility of reshooting. We are no longer looking at it as a midseason contender, we are looking at it as a fall 2018 contender but the parts that worked were fantastic, and we see it as a really strong prospect."
Based on Justin Cronin's fantasy book trilogy of the same name, The Passage helms from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV; and was originally eyed as a midseason consideration before the decision was made for further work on the show. Madden insists that the network is still very high on the project, even funding a "writers' room" that keeps open the option for reshoots:
"Liz, Matt Reeves and Scott Free have brought on a small group of writers to work with Liz. In the next four-six weeks, they are going to be doing analysis of what those re-shoots might be as well as to break Season 1, give us a perspective of how they would play out."
The Passage stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Pitch); Saniyya Sidney (American Horror Story), Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time), Brianne Howey (The Exorcist), BJ Britt (TV pilot Behind Enemy Lines) and Jennifer Ferrin (Time After Time). Heldens will executive-produce the series alongside Reeves and Adam Kassan via 6th & Idaho; pilot director Marcos Siega; and Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker via Scott Free Productions. Cronin will serve as co-producer.
Here's how The Passage Trilogy publisher Penguin-RandomHouse describes the series:
Justin Cronin brilliant'y imagines the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive in what Stephen King calls "one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction'—the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Passage series.
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.