As the Ebola virus continues to spread, EW has confirmed that producer Lynda Obst and director/producer Ridley Scott are moving forward with a limited television series about the virus—a project that they’ve reportedly been working on for the past year.
The series, which is based on Richard Preston’s 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone, will be adapted by Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) for Fox TV Studios. Preston will serve as a consultant on the series. Obst and Scott originally optioned the rights for a feature-length film in the early 90s, after Preston’s short story, “Crisis in the Hot Zone,” was published in The New Yorker. It was set to star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster, but never made it to the big screen.
Jim Hart, who was the original writer of the feature screenplay, will serve as an executive producer alongside David Zucker for Scott Free Productions and Obst for Lynda Obst Productions.
The book covers the Ebola crisis of the 1970s and 1990s, but the series will also cover the most recent outbreak, which started a few months ago in West Africa and, according to NBC, has claimed more than 4,500 lives, including one in the United States.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.