Ebola Outbreak TV Series Is In The Works, Is It Too Soon?

We barely have a handle on being fully informed about Ebola, but apparently that’s not going to stop Hollywood from making a TV series about it. The “end of days” genre is very popular with the shows like The Walking Dead and The Strain gaining sizable audiences. That said, could an Ebola TV series really be next?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ridley Scott, the director-producer behind Prometheus, Alien, and Exodus: Gods and Kings, is interested in making this TV series happen.

If the Ebola outbreak TV series is greenlit, it will be based on Richard Preston’s 1994 novel The Hot Zone. Although the novel was written decades ago, it highlights the Ebola virus and its origins, which is based on a 1992 article entitled “Crises in the Hot Zone.”

Back when the article was published in The New Yorker, Ebola Reston was considered to be “harmless in humans” but “similar to Ebola Zaire,” which killed 9 in 10 humans that came into contact with it.

The novel was optioned 20 years ago, but since this virus is now grabbing headlines and putting fear into millions, Ridley Scott and Lynda Obst are thinking about bringing it to the small screen.

As for the plot, it sounds familiar. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The current strain of the virus has killed almost 4,500 people in West Africa, and two nurses in the U.S. have recently tested positive for the disease after caring for an Ebola victim who passed away in a Texas hospital after he arrived in Dallas from Liberia.”

Obst told The Hollywood Reporter about the nature of the virus and how it has infiltrated into our lives.

“I think it’s the speed with which it kills that makes the disease so frightening. 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.”

“A limited series is a great way to do this because you don’t have to limit it to a three-act structure like you do with a film,” said Obst about the potential for a limited series.

Here are some responses to the possible Ebola series.

@ENews thats disgusting! Stick to zombies

— Mabel (@backstreetchic1) October 17, 2014

What do you think? Is it too soon?

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