Outbreak series planned by NBC
A new virus thriller may be coming to television, in the form of an Outbreak adaptation for NBC...
With Ronald D. Moore's Helix coming next year, and potentially after that, Guillermo del Toro's The Strain (both, respectively, sci-fi and supernatural takes on the premise) the virus thriller is thriving in TV development land. If you were a fan of rubbish puns - and who isn't - you could say it was contagious.
TV's next infection-related idea is an adaptation of Wolfgang Petersen's 1995 thriller Outbreak, which NBC is planning with E.R. executive producers Jack Orman and John Wells. It's essentially at the Petri dish stage right now, without even a pilot script to its name, but it's on NBC's whiteboard.
Petersen's nineties thriller starred Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Rene Russo attempting to contain a deadly airborne virus. Outbreak producer Gail Katz is confirmed to be attached to the project, but it's not known if German director Petersen (he of The Never-Ending Story fame) will have any involvement.
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