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The last thing America needs is a scaremongering Ebola TV show—but here it comes, anyway

Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Geopolitics reporter

A TV series? On Ebola?

The Hollywood Reporter has the details:

As the Ebola virus continues to dominate the headlines, producer Lynda Obst and director-producer Ridley Scott are bringing the deadly virus to the small screen with a limited series for Fox TV Studios based on Richard Preston’s 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone.

Ever since the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa earlier this year, and even after a few cases have occurred in the United States and Europe, the most sensible advice for most of the world is: Do. Not. Panic.

Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from freaking out anyway, and Obst and Scott aren’t letting a global health emergency go to waste. Twenty years after optioning The Hot Zone, they say they’ve been “quietly” working on adapting the book for TV for the past year—though the quiet part appears to be over.

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