CBS Is Adapting James Patterson’s Zoo

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
CBS Is Adapting James Patterson’s Zoo

CBS has announced that it is adapting “Zoo,” a thriller penned by bestselling author, James Patterson, into a 13-episode drama series. The network plans to air this by summer 2015. Read further to learn more about “Zoo.”

The story of “Zoo” centers on a growing problem around the world, with the animals becoming violent and attacking humans. As the situation worsens, with the animals turning more systematic and ruthless with their attacks, the fate of the word is entrusted to a biologist named Jackson Oz, who has to find out what is causing the pandemic and, hopefully, put a stop to it.


In development since October 2013, “Zoo” will join CBS’ lineup for its summer slate, which includes high concept TV dramas like “Extant” and “Under the Dome.”

The original novel was first published in September 2012 and became a New York Times bestseller, with more than 4 million copies sold all over the world.

“With this No. 1 bestseller coming to television, we’re excited to give our viewers a thrill ride with another blockbuster summer event,” said the chairman of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, in the report from TV Guide.

The television script for “Zoo” will be written by Jeff Pinkner (“Fringe”), Josh Appelbaum (“Star-Crossed”), Andre Nemec (“Star-Crossed”) and Scott Rosenberg (“Life on Mars”).  This project marks the return of Pinkner after a successful stint on “Fringe,” which concluded in January 2013.

This is not the first time books written by James Patterson have been turned into TV shows or movies. In 2008, ABC produced “Women’s Murder Club” for one season, while “Child of Darkness, Child of Light,” which was adapted from “Cradle & All,” aired as a TV movie in the 1990s. His Alex Cross series, namely “Kiss the Girls” and  “Along Came a Spider” were turned into movie adaptations. The author also had a cameo in CBS’ “Castle” in its earlier season.

And that’s the news about James Patterson and “Zoo,” which will be coming to CBS by summer 2015. For more on this and other TV series, follow the updates here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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