Ridley Scott to bring new Ebola TV drama to screens
Ridley Scott, best known for directing the likes of Blade Runner and Gladiator, is producing a new TV series based around the Ebola virus.
Scott, who is working with producer Linda Obst, is adapting Richard Preston's 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone for a limited series, which is being produced by Fox TV Studios.
The Ebola virus, which kills around half of the people who contract it, has already taken the lives of over 4,000 people in Africa and three cases have now been reported in the United States.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter about the project, Obst, who is a producer on the much-anticipated Interstellar, said: "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.”
She continued: "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.”
Ridley Scott, who will serve as executive producer on the series as well as potentially directing the first episode, is currently in post-production on his new epic Exodus: Gods And Kings. You can see the trailer below.
The film stars Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton and is a new interpretation of the classic Bible story, where a defiant Moses (Bale) led thousands of slaves out of Egypt and rose up against the Pharoah Ramesses (Edgerton).
As well as Bale and Edgerton, Exodus: Gods And Kings will also star Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, Scott's frequent collaborator Sigourney Weaver and British veteran Ben Kingsley.
Exodus: Gods And Kings will be released into UK cinemas on Boxing Day (December 26th) this year.