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Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham Among Eight to Join Nat Geo Miniseries ‘The Hot Zone’

  • Variety
The upcoming National Geographic miniseries “The Hot Zone” has added eight actors to its main cast, Variety has learned.

The series, based on the book of the same name by Richard Preston, is inspired by the true story of the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on U.S. soil in 1989. Noah Emmerich, Liam Cunningham, Topher Grace, Paul James, Nick Searcy, Robert Wisdom, and Robert Sean Leonard will all star in the six-episode series, with James D’Arcy joining the cast as a series guest star. They join previously announced series lead Julianna Margulies.

Emmerich joins as Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax, husband of Nancy Jaax (Margulies), who doesn’t hesitate to risk his life during the operation to contain the Ebola virus. Cunningham is set to portray Wade Carter, Dr. Nancy Jaax’s ally in the race to prevent the virus from spreading. Grace is Dr. Peter Jahrling,
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Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson Ink Overall Deal With Fox 21 Television Studios; Will Showrun ‘The Hot Zone’

  • Deadline
Writers-producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson are extending their relationship with Fox 21 Television Studios, signing a two-year overall deal with the studio.

Under the pact, the duo will serve as showrunners for Nat Geo’s upcoming The Hot Zone series, based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus and its impact on the human race. They are also penning the scripts alongside Jeff Vintar. The series hails from executive producer Ridley Scott, Lynda Obst Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.

“Kelly and Brian are part of the family and fantastic writers who have done great work for us on shows like Salem and Genius,” said Fox 21 TV Studios President Bert Salke: We’re excited to have them exclusively at Fox 21 as we embark on their own show, The Hot Zone. They are the perfect showrunners and writers, along with Jeff Vintar, to bring this terrifying true story to the screen.
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Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson Extend Overall Deal With Fox 21 Television Studios

  • Variety
Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson have signed a new two-year overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios, extending their current relationship with the studio.

Souders and Peterson previously served as executive producers and showrunners for “Smallville,” and have contributed as writers and producers for “Salem,” “Under the Dome,” and most recently National Geographic’s “Genius.” Up next, the duo will serve as showrunners on National Geographic’s upcoming series “The Hot Zone,” based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus and its impact on the human race. They are also penning the scripts alongside Jeff Vintar. The series hails from executive producer Ridley Scott, Lynda Obst Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.

“Kelly and Brian are part of the family and fantastic writers who have done great work for us on shows like ‘Salem’ and ‘Genius,'” said Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “We’re excited to
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Ridley Scott’s ‘The Hot Zone’ Showrunners Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson Extend Fox Overall Deal

  • The Wrap
Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, the showrunners behind Ridley Scott’s upcoming Nat Geo series “The Hot Zone,” have signed a two-year overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios, extending their current relationship with the studio amid Disney’s pending takeover of the Fox asset.

“Kelly and Brian are part of the family and fantastic writers who have done great work for us on shows like Salem and Genius,” Fox 21 TV president Bert Salke said Thursday. “We’re excited to have them exclusively at Fox 21 as we embark on their own show, ‘The Hot Zone.’ They are the perfect showrunners and writers, along with Jeff Vintar, to bring this terrifying true story to the screen.”

The Hot Zone” is based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus and its impact on the human race. Souders and Peterson will pen the script and executive produce alongside Vintar. The series hails from executive producers Scott,
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Julianna Margulies Cast as Lead in National Geographic’s ‘The Hot Zone’

  • The Wrap
Julianna Margulies Cast as Lead in National Geographic’s ‘The Hot Zone’
Julianna Margulies has been cast in the lead role for National Geographic’s new scripted series “The Hot Zone,” the network announced Wednesday during its panel at the Television Critics Association Summer 2018 press tour.

The “ER” and “Good Wife” alum will play Dr. Nancy Jaax in the series, which is based on the book by Richard Preston. The story is based on the true story of the Ebola virus’ origins in the central African rain forest and first arrival in the United States. The virus first appeared in chimpanzees in 1989 in a scientific research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Margulies’ character is a U.S. Army scientist who works with a secret military Swat team to keep the outbreak from reaching humans.

The Hot Zone” is described as “a dramatic, high-stakes scientific thriller with a courageous, brilliant and determined heroine at its center.” The series will begin production
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Nat Geo Greenlights New Shows From Jeff Goldblum, Gordon Ramsay

  • Variety
National Geographic announced several new shows during the TCA summer press tour on Wednesday.

First, Nat Geo and Jeff Goldblum have partnered on a new docu-series titled “The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum.” The twelve-part half-hour series follows Goldblum on an investigation of the world’s most extraordinary “ordinary” things. He will get to the bottom of how we got them, how we make them and how they continue to impact our daily lives, as each journey of discovery has surprising connections, turns and revelations.

The series is produced by National Geographic Studios. Brian Lovett is executive producer.

Next, Nat Geo has also greenlit “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted.” Produced by his own Studio Ramsay, the celebruty chef will embark on anthropology-through-cuisine expeditions to unearth the most incredible people, places and flavors the world has to offer. The series will premiere globally in 2019 on National Geographic in 171 countries and 43 languages, with Studio
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“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic

Soon you’ll be able to watch a scripted series about the creation of the birth control pill alongside documentaries about nature and foreign cultures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic has plans to develop “The Birth of the Pill,” a scripted adaptation of Jonathan Eig’s 2014 nonfiction book of the same name.

Eig’s book traces Planned Parenthood founder and feminist Margaret Sanger and philanthropist Katherine McCormick’s fight to provide women with safe, reliable contraception. With scientist Gregory Pincus and Ob-gyn John Rock, Sanger and McCormick “took on the scientific establishment, the church, and cultural norms in their fight,” THR summarizes.

Nat Geo is developing “The Birth of the Pill” in partnership with Fox. “Unforgettable” director Denise Di Novi will exec produce the project with Alison Greenspan, and Sonar Entertainment is producing with R.J. Cutler. Di Novi, Greenspan, and Cutler previously collaborated on the 2014 romance “If I Stay.”

It was originally reported that Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) would write the first episode and Cutler would direct, but it’s unclear whether that plan is still going forward. Wells’ role was not mentioned in THR.

The source also details the other women-created narrative projects in the works at Nat Geo, including the history of the Ebola virus, “The Hot Zone,” and an untitled drama about the beginning of National Geographic itself.

The Hot Zone,” from Lynda Obst (“Insterstellar”), traces Ebola’s inception in the central African rain forest and its eventual migration to the U.S. The drama centers on “a U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military Swat team, who puts herself in peril trying to contain the outbreak,” THR writes. “Under the Dome” writers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will pen the script with Jeff Vintar (“I, Robot”). Fox 21 and Scott Free are exec producing.

National Geographic’s origin story will be exec produced by Marti Noxon (“UnREAL”). The untitled project “kicks off in the 1960s when a field producer is put in charge of two production teams as they shoot Nat Geo’s first TV documentaries in Siberia and Australia, braving espionage, scandal, and hostile environments.” Noxon is also producing under her Tiny Pyro Productions banner. The project is written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”), also an Ep.

“This scripted development slate further solidifies our commitment to developing diverse projects with themes and issues that resonate and are relevant to our audience,” Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo Global Networks CEO, commented. “We are working with the best storytellers in the world to tell these very human stories that we hope will create global conversation and change the way viewers look at the world around them.”

“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Ridley Scott To Tackle Ebola In New TV Limited Series

With the Ebola virus dominating news headlines worldwide, it was only a matter of time until Hollywood dug its heels in on turning the hot-button topic into a full-blown series. Recently, producer Lynda Obst (Interstellar) and director-producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) announced that they’ll be creating a limited series for Fox TV Studios, adapted from Richard Preston’s 1994 nonfiction bestseller The Hot Zone.

Obst and Scott optioned Preston’s book two decades ago and never abandoned the project, tapping Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) to adapt The Hot Zone into what was originally envisioned as a film for Scott to direct. Now that the recent outbreak – the deadliest on record – has made the virus extremely timely, the pair feel that it’s high time to push ahead with the adaptation, though the project will now take the form of a TV miniseries. Obst said of the decision:

“A limited series is
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Ridley Scott and Lynda Obst Developing Ebola TV Series at Fox

As though Ebola isn’t in the headlines enough, now Ridley Scott and Lynda Obst are giving the disease its own TV show. It’s being reported that the pair is developing a limited TV series for Fox TV Studios based on the 1994 Richard Preston book, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus. Apparently the duo has had the rights to the book for two decades, but never let them lapse. About a year ago, they quietly went to work on the project, hiring I, Robot scribe Jeff Vintar to pen the adaptation. Hit the jump for more on Scott and Obst’s Ebola TV series. The current Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 4,500 lives, including the very first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States. Two nurses who treated that patient also contracted the disease, which apparently has a 50% fatality rate. Via THR,
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Ebola TV series in the works based on 1994's 'The Hot Zone'

Ebola TV series in the works based on 1994's 'The Hot Zone'
As the Ebola virus continues to spread, EW has confirmed that producer Lynda Obst and director/producer Ridley Scott are moving forward with a limited television series about the virus—a project that they've reportedly been working on for the past year. The series, which is based on Richard Preston's 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone, will be adapted by Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) for Fox TV Studios. Preston will serve as a consultant on the series. Obst and Scott originally optioned the rights for a feature-length film in the early 90s, after Preston's short story, "Crisis in the Hot Zone,
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Ebola Tale "Hot Zone" Comes To TV

"The Hot Zone", Richard Preston's Ebola virus-themed 1994 best-seller, will score a limited TV series adaptation with the help of Producer Lynda Obst and director-producer Ridley Scott.

A sensation upon its release, the non-fiction thriller deals primarily with the history of the virus including an outbreak of Marburg virus in a Nairobi hospital. It also deals with the outbreak of a form of Ebola in a monkey house in Virginia.

Obst and Scott optioned "The Hot Zone" two decades ago and for the past year have been working on adapting the property with Preston's help. The pair have also hired "I, Robot" scribe Jeff Vintar to adapt the script.

The project has taken on a new urgency though as the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has ravaged several countries and could potentially spread beyond the region. Preston is writing a piece for next week's New Yorker magazine which chronicles the current outbreak,
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Obscure comic book movies that nearly got the greenlight

We have a look at some of the more obscure comic book movie ideas which nearly made it to the big screen…

We've recently been investigating the pile of nearly-made-its in the ever-growing world of cinematic comic book adaptations. You could be forgiven for thinking Hollywood will strap wads of cash to any old comic book writer who stumbles past their door, but so far we’ve written approximately 5,000 words that say otherwise.

First, we delved into DC’s chequered past and found heaps of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman projects that we’ll sadly never get to see (and some other projects we’re quite glad we’ll never have to sit through). We then did the same for Marvel, unearthing plans for a Paul McCartney Silver Surfer rock opera, James Cameron’s bizarre Spider-Man script ideas and an amazingly-cast Dazzler animation from the 1980s.

Now, we turn our
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015: #7. Michel Gondry’s Ubik

Ubik

Director: Michel Gondry

Writer: Jeff Vintar

Producers: Isa Dick Hackett, Steve Golin, Steve Zaillian

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Unknown

Another Philip K. Dick adaptation makes our top 10 for 2015 with this adaptation from Michel Gondry, whose last narrative feature, Mood Indigo, has yet to see release in the Us. While his last several features have received lukewarm critical and/or box office reception, we’re pumped for the talented auteur’s dip into science fiction, a classic text of Dick’s, no less. We should know more about the project once casting is announced, but for now, Gondry’s recent interviews indicates that this is one of his next projects he is working on adapting to the screen.

Gist: Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival,
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Series, Pilots, and Projects In Development Abound at Syfy’s 2013 Upfront Presentation

As we’ve been reporting, Syfy had its Upfront presentation to potential advertisers Wednesday night, and they spent yesterday issuing press releases. It’s a good thing they held the event at a pier, as there is a boatload of information included in the summary press release below. We made sure to get it posted before the weekend, since it will take you the entire weekend to absorb it all.

Some of it is information we’ve already posted, like the Ringworld and Childhood’s End development and the High Moon pilot production, some of it we posted about fairly recently, like Ronald D. Moore‘s Helix, some of it we haven’t heard about in quite some time, like Orion, Proof, and Dominion, and some, like the nonscripted shows, the anthology, and some of the projects announced, are news to us.

You’ll also see ratings info and other
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Weekend wrap, part two

Let's start with the Gdd folks.

Brian Markinson has joined Twitter. Go follow him. He will be back on The Killing tomorrow (9 pm, AMC), and he says he is done filming Continuum for the season. Spoiler TV has tons of info about the show here. The two-hour pilot airs on Showcase on May 27.

Two new episodes of 10,000 Days with Peter Wingfield have been released. You can watch them on Facebook or at 10kdays.tv.

Duke with Kendall Cross premieres on the Hallmark channel tonight at 8 pm and airs again at 10 pm. Here is the synopsis:

Marine Sergeant Terry Pulaski, a once proud man, is now a broken shell of himself having returned from Iraq with both Ptsd and a disabling injury. Terry struggles to be a good father and husband, but his challenges leave him feeling like a burden to his wife and daughter. With his dog, Duke, in tow,
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Syfy Stares Into "The Eyes Of The Dragon"

Following the critical and ratings success of HBO's current TV adaptation of author George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones", Syfy has now optioned author Stephen King's fantasy novel "The Eyes of the Dragon".

The bestseller is being developed by Syfy as a longform project, with Michael Taylor ("Battlestar Galactica") and Jeff Vintar ("I, Robot') adapting a script. Taylor and Bill Haber will executive produce :

"...within the realm of 'Delain', located within 'In-World' from 'The Dark Tower', the King's magician, 'Flagg', seeking to destroy the 'Kingdom of Delain', sees his evil plans being ruined by the good heart of 'Queen Sasha'. After Sasha gives birth to 'Peter', a noble and worthy future king, Flagg realizes that his position, his plans, and his life may be now be in danger..."

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Stephen King's The Eyes Of The Dragon getting Adapted for TV!

Holy crap! I seriously can't believe this is happening! Stephen King's 1987 fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon is one of my favorite books of all time. This is one of those books I read over and over again when I was a kid. I've always wanted to see it get a big-screen adaptation, but a TV miniseries will be just as good for me!

The project is set up over at the SyFy Channel, and it's being scripted by Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot). These TV miniseries are hit and miss for SyFy, but they have an obligation to knock this one out of the park. They need to do whatever it takes to turn this classic book into an incredibly epic miniseries.

I think one of the main reasons this is finally getting made is because of the success of HBO's "Game of
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SyFy Channel to Adapt Stephen King's 'The Eyes of the Dragon' (Wow!)

Like most horror freaks of a certain age (and younger), I grew up on a steady diet of Stephen King horror novels. (Yes, also Clive Barker and Robert McCammon, but we're getting off-base here.) But then in 1987 I grabbed his latest book, which was a fantasy story that Mr. King wrote for his daughter, Tabitha. It was (and still is) called The Eyes of the Dragon, and it's a book I've re-read at least three times over the years. According to Entertainment Weekly's Inside TV, the adaptation will be penned by Michael Taylor and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within). Mr. Taylor has written for just about every science-fiction TV series out there, plus he does have some experience with Kingly adaptations: he produced and wrote several episodes of the...

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Stephen King Sets His 'Eyes of the Dragon' on Syfy

Stephen King Sets His 'Eyes of the Dragon' on Syfy
in the wake of HBO's smash success adapting George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, horror maestro Stephen King's own bestselling high fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon is on its way to becoming a Syfy series or movie. More after the jump. Entertainment Weekly reports that "Stephen King's fantasy novel Eyes of the Dragon could at last become a movie or miniseries. The 1987 bestseller is being developed by Syfy as a longform project... Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) will pen the Dragon script, with Taylor and Bill Haber as executive producers." "Dragon is a rarity among King's early works: A stand-alone novel that hasn't been previously adapted...
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Syfy Announces 28 New Projects in Development

Earlier today, reported on the news that Syfy would be adapting Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon. Syfy has officially announced that project as part of their new development slate, which includes 28 new scripted and reality projects:

“New York – April 24, 2012 – Coming off Syfy’s most watched First Quarter ever in total viewers, Adults 18-34 and key women demos, Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe today ignited the imagination of the advertising community by unveiling the next phase of the channel’s largest original programming slate in history. This will feature Syfy’s most original primetime hours ever, a record 28 scripted and reality development projects and the 2013 premiere of the highly-anticipated Defiance, the visionary transmedia experience that will unite television and Massive Multiplayer Online (Mmo) gaming for the very first time.

Said Howe: “Syfy’s Upfront celebrates the power of Igniters, our influential audience who has the highly coveted
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