Too Soon? A TV Series on Ebola Already in the Works
Just as the Ebola crisis hits critical mass, a TV series centered on the deadly disease is already in the pipeline.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Lynda Obst and director/producer Ridley Scott are teaming up for a limited series based on Richard Preston's 1994 best-selling book, “The Hot Zone.”
The two have had the option on Preston's book -- about the Ebola outbreak in 1992 -- for nearly 20 years, but the current outbreak, which is the deadliest manifestation of the disease so far, makes the project suddenly seem timely.
Obst told THR, "I think it's the speed with which it kills that makes the disease so frightening. People hoped it would stay in some remote part of the world. But that's a fantasy in the modern world. The modern world makes us one big connected family."
The Ebola virus has so far killed more than 4,400 people in West Africa, and recently hit the United States. One victim in Texas has already died and two nurses who took care of that patient have tested positive for the disease.