If documentaries aren’t enough to convince you that nature is scary, National Geographic is venturing into scripted programming with a particularly horrifying project on deck. We’re getting word that iconic filmmaker Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, is being retained to create an Ebola-themed drama series. The Hot Zone will be based on the novel of the same name by Richard Preston.
An Ebola outbreak in West Africa caused global panic in 2014, in part fueled by the film Outbreak (1995) which portrayed the disease as an airborne pathogen (it’s not). Still, pandemics make for engrossing entertainment, as has been proven by The Stand, World War Z, and hundreds of other genre offerings.
National Geographic continues to expand its scripted footprint. The cable network, a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox, has handed out a series order for The Hot Zone, a scripted drama exploring the Ebola crisis.
We’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for Outbreak, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, below.
Official Synopsis: A dangerous airborne virus threatens civilization in this tense thriller. After an African monkey carrying a lethal virus is smuggled into the U.S., an outbreak occurs in a California town. To control the spread of the disease, a team of doctors is brought in that includes a contagious disease expert (Dustin Hoffman) and his ex-wife (Rene Russo). Once the Army intervenes to handle the situation, though, the doctors must fight against the clock to save the town and its residents.
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