Ebola, com­ing soon to a TV near you

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It seems as if the deaths of thou­sands of Africans is per­fect ma­te­rial for a TV se­ries. US sci-fi di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley Scott and es­tab­lished pro­ducer Lynda Obst think so. They are cre­at­ing a se­ries about the Ebola virus. Scott is known for clas­sic films such as Alien and Prometheus. The se­ries has been two decades in the mak­ing and is based on writer Richard Preston’s ar­ti­cle for The New Yorker, which traces the his­tory of Ebola, start­ing with out­breaks in the 1970s and 1990s. The show will look at the ori­gins of the virus and the re­cent out­break in west Africa that has killed more than 4 665 peo­ple. “I think it’s the speed at which it kills that makes the dis­ease so fright­en­ing,” said Obst. “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.”

Grethe Koen

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