It’s something of a disturbing trend lately, and I don’t mean all that pandemic talk that seems to come up every now and then, I mean the trend of TV shows based on 90s movies that are in development like Scream, Fargo and 12 Monkeys. Well, you can add Outbreak to the list now, as NBC has now in development an ongoing series based on the Wolfgang Peterson film according to Deadline.
The movie, starring Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland, was about a group of military men and doctors fighting an outbreak of a world destroying plague. The weekly series is being developed by E.R. producers Jack Orman and John Wells, while Gail Katz, one of the original film’s producers, will also serve as one the series’ producers.
I know what you’re thinking, how can you build a weekly series around a team of people trying to stop the outbreak of a disease? Well, it’s been tried before with shows like The Burning Zone and Medical Investigators, and it’s also been tried somewhat more successfully with the series ReGenesis, and to a certain extent with House. Clearly if Outbreak can be made a show, the two of the guys who brought you E.R. are probably the right pair to do it.
Keep in mind that this series is merely in the development stage so nothing is set in stone, but NBC is probably just desperate enough to put in on the air, so expect to see the series soon.
What do you Bastards think? Ready for a series based on a 18 year old movie?