“The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies is set to lead the upcoming National Geographic mini-series “The Hot Zone” based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus.
The project recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of Ebola, a highly infectious virus with no known cure from the central African rainforest. A big portion of the book is dedicated to the virus’ first arrival on U.S. soil with an outbreak in a pack of monkeys in a laboratory ten miles from the White House.
Margulies will play a heroic U.S. Army veterinarian working with a secret military SWAT team put herself in mortal peril when she tried to head off the outbreak before it spread to the human population.
The book was a massive critical and commercial success when it was released in 1992 and a big-budget feature was planned immediately with Michael Mann considering and then Ridley Scott signing on to direct and with Jodie Foster and Robert Redford set to star.
That fell apart and a rival project which copied the basic premise, “Outbreak,” hit cinemas in 1995. Scott, who worked with Marguiles on “The Good Wife,” is returning to the fold here and serves as executive producer on the mini-series which will shoot this fall in Toronto and South Africa.
Source: The Live Feed