Nat Geo has picked up The Hot Zone, a scripted series based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the Ebola virus and its impact on the human race, from executive producer Ridley Scott, Lynda Obst Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.
The Hot Zone recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of Ebola, a deadly and highly infectious virus from the central African rainforest, and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appeared in chimpanzees in a scientific lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure. 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.
Nat Geo also confirmed three new projects in development including Hidden Figures, which Deadline previously reported was in early development, inspired by the Oscar-nominated film. The anthology series, which hails from Chernin Entertainment and Pharrell Williams, will tell the stories of people whose contributions to science, technology and innovation have been overlooked by history.
Second project on the development slate is The White House Detail, based on Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin’s bestseller Five Presidents. The White House Detail is an insider’s look at the personal and professional lives of the U.S. Secret Service agents assigned to protect the president and the first family, beginning with the 1960 election of John F. Kennedy. It’s based on the firsthand account of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who served under five U.S. presidents and is best known for leaping onto the back of JFK’s limousine during the assassination in Dallas. The project hails from Platinum Dunes, Chuck Hogan and Elyse Klaits. Hill and McCubbin serve as consultants on the project.
The third project is Ten Borders, a six-part limited series from Paramount Television, Scott Free Productions, Tom McCarthy and Greg Walker. It centers on five unrelated individuals who are inexorably pulled into one another’s lives through the mass exodus of humanity from wartorn Syria to the safe refuge of Sweden. Through multiple points of view, the project takes viewers on an emotional journey with everyday characters who become part of the greatest human migration in the past thousand years.