EXCLUSIVE: CBS has nabbed Zoo, a drama based on James Patterson‘s best-selling global thriller. The high-profile project, which has received a rare pilot production commitment for a pitch originating from sibling CBS TV Studios, hails from writer-producers Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, informally referred to as Space Floor, and producers Cathy Konrad and James Mangold via their CBS Studios-based Treeline Film. Written by Appelbaum, Nemec, Pinkner and Rosenberg, Zoo is set amidst a wave of violent animal attacks sweeping across the planet. A young renegade scientist is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery behind this pandemic before time runs out for animals and humans alike. Appelbaum, Nemec, Pinkner, Rosenberg, Konrad, Mangold and Patterson executive produce with James Patterson Entertainment’s Steve Bowen and Leopoldo Gout as well as the company’s former executive Bill Robinson who was involved in putting the project together. Konrad acquired the rights to Zoo shortly after it was published in September 2012 as a feature and then approached Patterson about adapting as a TV series.
The four person team of October Road creators Appelbaum, Nemec & Rosenberg and Pinkner executive produce the CW’s upcoming series Star Crossed and are writing a TNT drama project under Amblin TV’s 3-for-1 commitment at the network. On the feature side, among them they have co-penned Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the Beverly Hills Cop sequel, now in the works. Mangold and Konrad executive produced CBS/CBS Studios’ drama Vegas last season. All parties are repped by WME except Patterson, who is with CAA.