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Coming Soon to a TV Near You: Ebola, the TV Series

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Heard enough about the outbreak of Ebola? Well, wait until you see the new TV series! 

In the midst of the fear of an Ebola outbreak, director Ridley Scott and producer Lynda Obst are working on a TV series based on Richard Preston's 1994 bestselling non-fiction thriller The Hot Zone, which centers on the origins and incidents of viral hemorrhagic fevers, mainly ebola viruses and marburg viruses. 

"I think it's the speed with which it kills that makes [Ebola] so frightening," Obst said. "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 TV show has been in the workings for years but it wasn't until the recent fear of an epidemic that the directors thought this was the perfect time to come forward about the show. 

The 2011 film Contagion addressed issues surrounding the outbreak of a deadly disease that the new TV series will also tackle. Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns told The Wrap that his main concern is less with the disease and more so the fear and fear-mongering.

The Hot Zone author Preston announced he will be writing another story about Ebola for The New Yorker

The Ebola outbreak started in March and has since killed almost 4,500 people in West Africa. A handful of cases have since emerged in the United States, creating fear and concern. 


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