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We're usually the first in line for a deadly contagion tale, though it's been a while since we watched the 1995 film Outbreak, starring Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Morgan Freeman. Now Wolfgang Petersen's story of deadly viruses and government coverups is being adapted for the small screen. Deadline has the news about John Wells and Jack Orman's new medical thriller (they're the producers behind ER). As long as someone dies in every episode we might be Ok with this project (also: monkeys), but without the great cast behind the story it's feeling a little flat. C'mon NBC, give us something new. Rob Thomas figured he wasn't busy enough with his newly funded Veronica Mars project, so he asked actor-writer Graham Norris to pen a...
- Alison Nastasi
With the success of shows like “Bates Motel” and the promise of the forthcoming small-screen adaptation of “Fargo,” networks are once again looking to the silver screen for future shows. Deadline reports that NBC—no doubt emboldened by the critical reception to “Hannibal”—has ordered a pilot for an hour-long medical thriller based on the 1995 Wolfgang Petersen-helmed viral thriller “Outbreak.” Shepherded and written by “ER” veterans John Wells and Jack Orman, the series will follow “an ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic.” Can NBC go two-for-two with their adaptations? The past decade has seen many a showrunner tease and promise a big-screen version of a short-lived series. The latest entrant is “Luther” creator Neil Cross who, in an interview with The Telegraph, has revealed his very real and concrete plans to film a prequel to the Idris Elba-starring BBC crime drama. »
- Cain Rodriguez
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- Megan Masters
Even though the quality of original and exciting TV shows never seems to waiver from season to season there still appears to be a need to gaze through the back catalogue of old movies to source inspiration for new shows. And with examples such as 'Bates Motel' and 'Hannibal' already enjoying success and critical acclaim and with the newly announced pilot for '12 Monkeys' in the works where else do you turn? It seems the realm of viral infections is being tapped for a potential new series. A new show based on the 1995 thriller 'Outbreak', which starred Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey ('Se7en'), is in development over at NBC with 'E.R.' execs Jack Orman and John Wells penning a script. »
The pair co-wrote the pilot which follows an ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Outbreak is to be remade as a television series on NBC.
I’m ancient enough to remember seeing Wolfgang Petersen’s all-star viral thriller Outbreak on the big-screen way back in 1995 . A cast consisting of Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Rene Russo, Donald Sutherland and Morgan Freeman battled for mankind’s survival against the spread of a viral epidemic. Despite the superb cast and capable director, even at 15 years-old, I recall it being rather average and I don’t believe I’ve revisited it since. Still, that isn’t stopping Hollywood developing a brand new television series based on the concept.
NBC, the network who recently turned Thomas Harris’ literary monster Hannibal into one of the best shows of 2013, have ER executive producers Jack Orman and John Wells working on the screenplay for a pilot. They’re hoping to make it a continuing hour-long series for next year. There are no plot details or casting as yet but as ever we’ll keep you posted. »
- Craig Hunter
News Louisa Mellor 28 Aug 2013 - 06:35
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.
In Hollywood, are TV shows the new "remakes"? It sure seems that way with yet another feature film making the leap to the small screen.
Both men are scripting a pilot with aspirations to have the project become an ongoing hourlong show.
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Exclusive: Former ER executive producers John Wells and Jack Orman are reuniting with NBC for a new high-profile medical drama project. The network has given a pilot production commitment to Outbreak, an hourlong series based on the hit 1995 Warner Bros feature directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo (check out the trailer below for a refresher). This marks one of the biggest commitments to a drama project so far this development cycle. Co-written by Wells and Orman, Outbreak is described as a medical thriller that follows an ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic. Warner Bros TV and studio-based John Wells Prods are producing, with Wells, Orman and Jwp’s Andrew Stearn executive producing. I hear Gail Katz, who was a producer on the movie, also is expected to be involved in some producing capacity. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A television series based on Wolfgang Petersen's 1995 thriller Outbreak is in development at NBC from "E.R." executive producers Jack Orman and John Wells, Deadline reports. Both men are scripting a pilot with aspirations to have the project become an ongoing hourlong show. The film, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland, follows the spread of a viral epidemic that threatens to wipe out all human life. Gail Katz, who produced the Petersen film, is also attached to produce the series with Andrew Stearn also listed as an executive producer. »
11 items from 2013
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