Lynda Obst and Ridley Scott Collaborate to Produce ‘The Hot Zone’ Ebola TV Series [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
Lynda Obst and Ridley Scott Collaborate to Produce ‘The Hot Zone’ Ebola TV Series [WATCH VIDEO]
Ridley Scott speaking at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California on March 17, 2012./ IllaZilla

Soon we can get to watch FOX television series adapted from “The Hot Zone,” a novel by Richard Preston in 1994. Producer Lynda Obst and director-producer Ridley Scott plan to bring the Ebola epidemic to the small screen. Read on to learn more about this scoop.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo has been collaborating on the project for more than a year.  But now, it became more relevant to produce it as the lethal virus keep on to claim thousands of lives, and still, medical science has not come up with specific treatment. 

The first human outbreak of the virus occurred in 1976. The virus is named after the Ebola River, where the virus was first recognized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here for more information.

A number of antiviral medications are being studied and currently being used to treat Ebola virus disease (EVD), (Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or Ebola including:

  • Favipiravir
  • BCX4430
  • Brincidofovir
  • Lamivudine

Deficiency of on-hand treatment options has resulted in research and development into a number of other potential antivirals aimed against ebola, including some natural, as well as synthetic, drugs.

  1. Natural drugs includes scytovirin and griffithsin
  2. Synthetic drugs includes  FGI-103, FGI-104, FGI-106, dUY11 and LJ-001.

As of September 2014, no vaccine was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical use in humans. It was anticipated that one would be available by November 2014.The potential vaccines are: DNA vaccines or vaccines derived from adenoviruses,Vesicular stomatitis Indiana virus (VSIV) or filoviruslike particles (VLPs) and DNA vaccines, adenovirus-based vaccines, and VSIV-based vaccines have entered clinical trials.

“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,” explained Obst as published on The Hollywood Reporter.

Richard Preston was allegedly working on an article for New York Magazine about the Ebola evolution. According to the grapevine, the author has been actively providing his input to the Hollywood crew to make the project more true to life. 

Scott and Obst will act as executive producers, along with Jim Hart, original screenwriter for “Crisis in the Hot Zone,” and David Zucker. The producers of the series plans to air it on maximum possible networks to spread the awareness about the the deadly pathogen.

And that’s it for the latest scoop on "The Hot Zone," a TV series production regarding Ebola virus.  For more updates on upcoming movies and TV shows, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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