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'The Passage': Sci-fi and supernatural come together in Fox's new adaptation of Justin Cronin's book

Titled 'The Passage', the upcoming show is based on Justin Cronin's best-selling book by the same name, and its story is told in the form of a trilogy

It has been quite the year for science-fiction thrillers and by the looks of it, Fox has decided to thrill us some more in the wilderness of science and technology. Titled 'The Passage', the upcoming show is based on Justin Cronin's best-selling book by the same name, and its story is told in the form of a trilogy. The trailer, released a couple of months ago, brilliantly showcased the story about to unfold on screens; alongside introducing viewers to 10-year-old Amy Bellanfonte who will be the show's "most important girl in the world."

Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brad Wolgast (L) and breakout young actress Saniyya Sidney as Amy Belfonte in the trailer of 'The Passage.' (Source: Youtube screenshot)

The story revolves around Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a federal agent who has been given the task of retrieving the young Amy (Saniyya Sydney) as she has been chosen to appear as a test subject for a risky medical trial called Project Noah.

Now here's the catch though. This trial could either eradicate all disease from our planet or could completely wipe out the human race. In a very Spiderman-plot fashion, our initially good cop, Wolgast, goes bad, and accompanying him in this change of heart is the little Amy - with the duo standing against the world. Soon it draws the attention of the Feds, of course, and who is the man in charge of hunting the rogue duo down? Wolgast's former best friend Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza).

What's interesting about the plot is that Wolgast - even though he's going against the authorities - is actually doing what he's doing, with good intent. In his task to bring Amy to the research center, he gets protective of the child and starts acting like a father-figure of sorts.

Along with the authorities, Project Noah begins posing a threat in the form of unleashing a deadly apocalypse on the planet. Oh, and the bonus points? Turns out the trial going wrong could accidentally create vampire-like superhumans with bloodthirst - and this amalgamation of science and technology with the supernatural genre has rarely been seen before!

A scene from the trailer of 'The Passage.' (Source: Youtube screenshot)

Joining Gosselaar and Sydney in this action-packed thriller will be Jamie McShane ('Bosch'), Caroline Chikezie ('The Shannara Chronicles'), Emmanuelle Chriqui ('Entourage'), Brianne Howey ('The Exorcist'), McKinley Belcher III ('Ozark'), Henry Ian Cusick ('Lost') and Piazza ('Boardwalk Empire'). Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, 'The Passage' will also have Heldens, Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Adam Kassan and Jason Ensler as executive producers. Marcos Siega executive produced the pilot too, and he and Ensler together directed the series premiere.

The show has been dubbed an expansive drama by critics and reviewers - unlike most of the dramas produced by the Fox network. 'The Passage' premieres Monday, January 14, 2019, at 9/8c on Fox.