Contact Us

‘Outbreak’ TV Series to Infect NBC, from ‘E.R.’ Executive Producers

Outbreak TV Series NBC
Warner Bros.

Mid-90′s Dustin Hoffman-Morgan Freeman virus thriller ‘Outbreak’ may have inspired the ‘Friends‘ classic gag ‘Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan,’ but seventeen years later, the joke is all-too-real. NBC has officially begun development of an ‘Outbreak’ TV series based on the 1995 thriller of the same name, as written by the former team behind ‘E.R.’ Quick, someone call Crystal the monkey!

Deadline first broke news of the Wolfgang Petersen virology thriller’s move to TV, clarifying that Former ‘E.R.’ executive producers John Wells and Jack Orman will both produce the drama and co-write the script for a pilot production commitment, with original ‘Outbreak’ producer Gail Katz likely involved in some capacity.

Whereas the original 1995 ‘Outbreak’ (featuring supporting performances from Kevin Spacey, Rene Russo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland and more) focused on the specific outbreak of the “Motaba” virus in a small town, NBC’s adaptation is described more generally as “a medical thriller that follows an ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic.”

Considering the movie spent three weeks atop the box office to the tune of $190 million overall, we’d imagine a TV version could well succeed among the pantheon of medical dramas. It wouldn’t prove out of the question to imagine any of the original cast taking part in the ‘Outbreak’ TV series either, as Dustin Hoffman showed an interest in the small screen for HBO’s ‘Luck,’ while Cuba Gooding Jr. has taken…shall we say, “eclectic” roles over the years. Cast Matt LeBlanc as a dying dead man, and we’re sold!

Check out the original ‘Outbreak’ trailer below, and tell us if you’d be interested to see if NBC’s TV adaptation catches on!

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your Facebook account.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!