13 days of the animals: CBS brings “ZOO” novel to TV


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.

ZOOCBSSERIESNEWSVariety 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.

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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