Even though the quality of original and exciting TV shows never seems to waiver from season to season there still appears to be a need to gaze through the back catalogue of old movies to source inspiration for new shows. And with examples such as 'Bates Motel' and 'Hannibal' already enjoying success and critical acclaim and with the newly announced pilot for '12 Monkeys' in the works where else do you turn? It seems the realm of viral infections is being tapped for a potential new series. A new show based on the 1995 thriller 'Outbreak', which starred Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey ('Se7en'), is in development over at NBC with 'E.R.' execs Jack Orman and John Wells penning a script.
Here's the plot from the 1995 original:
"In this breathless technothriller Dustin Hoffman plays Sam Daniels, a forthright army virologist trying to stave off global biological meltdown. A rare killer virus from the jungles of Zaire has taken hold in a California community. It knows no boundaries. Its mortality rate is 100%. And Daniels' superiors say the only way to stop its spread is to firebomb the town and everyone in it..."