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Like many book-to-screen adaptations, Fox's The Passage will be making some changes to its source material. Fans of Justin Cronin's book series may be wondering what alterations are in store for the adaptation. Explaining how the television series will modify the story, The Passage's Mark-Paul Gosselaar had this to say:
Given the wealth of pages to draw from, it seems as though The Passage will take its time unraveling the trilogy's first installment. This should be a good move that will keep the TV show from running out of its source material too quickly.
The pace at which it unfolds the books' story is not the only change The Passage has made. How much you will see Mark-Paul Gosselaar's character, Brad Wolgast, is another. Gosselaar explained how The Passage will deal with his character's arc, saying:
It is a change from the books that fans of the Saved by the Bell star are likely to welcome. It sounds as though The Passage will flesh out the story explicitly missing from the novels. Mark-Paul Gosselaar did not reveal how the show intends to keep his character around.
Based on what fans of the novels can take from what Mark-Paul Gosselaar has revealed so far, they do know a lot. For one, that Season 1 will adapt the first book's opening quarter, with some of the later novels' relevant information sewn in.
If that pacing were to hold, The Passage could spend three more seasons on the first book alone. Meaning the entire show could theoretically unfold over twelve seasons. It is an ambitious notion that speaks to the need for a lot of long-term planning.
The minds behind The Passage still have time to sort out all the details. The popular book series has seen its share of changes from how it was originally supposed to be adapted. As you may have guessed from Mark-Paul Gosselaar's first quote or known beforehand, The Passage was initially set to be brought to the screen in film form.
As a character-based story, The Passage should benefit from the finessed effect of being told on television. There is a lot of rich story that a movie would have had to skip through. A TV show will not have to make those sacrifices for time.
Fans will have to tune in to see what other book-to-TV changes get made and how they are handled as the series continues. The Passage airs right after The Resident at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. They are among a strong slate of new content awaiting viewers throughout the midseason year.