Wednesday, August 28, 2013

'Outbreak' TV show coming to NBC

August 28, 2013
A television version of the 1995 pandemic movie "Outbreak" is in the works at NBC.
The movie depicted the outbreak of an ebola-like virus, and followed those infected as well as CDC personnel charged with containing its spread.
The film got mixed reviews, but spent three weeks at the top of the U.S. box office thanks to an all-star cast including Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey.
"Outbreak" prompted some media speculation about what would happen if a large-scale pandemic really occurred, and just a few months after the film opened, there was an actual ebola outbreak in Zaire, the country depicted in the film.
NBC has committed to producing a pilot written by John Wells. The ensemble medical thriller will also be executive produced by Wells.

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