13 days of the animals: CBS brings “ZOO” novel to TVMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
Nature running amok is not just for the big screen anymore; a recent best-selling novel on the subject is now becoming a CBS series.
Variety reports that the network will bring ZOO, the 2012 book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, to the small screen as a 13-episode series in summer 2015. The story concerns a series of animal attacks on humans that sweeps the globe and threatens our very existence, with a young biologist racing to discover the cause. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg of the Midnight Radio company scripted, and are executive-producing the project with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen; a director has yet to be named. “ZOO further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality, year-round programming and to high-concept series that play to summer audiences in the U.S. as well as on a global scale,” says CBS’ Nina Tassler. “With this #1 bestseller coming to television, we’re excited to give our viewers a thrill ride with another blockbuster summer event.”
ZOO was previously adapted by Andy MacDonald as a graphic novel for Yen Press. Patterson is best known for his Alex Cross series of detective thrillers, which have spawned features including KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER; his supernatural novel VIRGIN was adapted as the 1991 TV movie CHILD OF DARKNESS, CHILD OF LIGHT.