12:57pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Orders Outbreak Drama From 'Imitation Game' Oscar Winner Straight to Series
NBC is getting into the outbreak business.
The network has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for an untitled outbreak drama from The Imitation Game Oscar winner Graham Moore and World War Z's Marc Forster, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
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The drama starts when a woman exhibits mysterious symptoms, and she and her loved ones find themselves at the center of an epidemic with global consequences. Meanwhile, across the world, an FBI agent investigates a seemingly unrelated terrorist attack that leads him to the brink of madness. The untitled drama is said to offer a candid look at an outbreak that pushes its characters to extremes, revealing the best — and very worst — humanity has to offer.
Moore created the drama and will write the script and exec produce alongside Forster (Monster's Ball), with the latter on board to direct. Executive producers include Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and co-EP Jillian Kugler (Hand of God). The drama hails from Fifty Fathoms Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions, 2DUX2 and Bristol Automotive in association with Endemol Shine Studios. The series was co-developed with Sky U.K. and will air in the U.K. on Sky and be distributed by NBC International Studios.
The outbreak drama marks NBC's latest straight-to-series order and joins Heroes: Reborn, Aquarius, Coach, Emerald City, Hot & Bothered and anthology drama Manhunt, as networks hand out hefty orders to land high-profile fare in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The Moore/Forster drama is NBC's 10th drama-series order for the 2015-16 season, though it's unclear just when this series will air.
Outbreak dramas continue to be a target for broadcast and cable networks following AMC's global success with zombie drama The Walking Dead. The CW ordered Julie Plec's Containment (based on the Belgian series Cordon) to series, with that show exploring a deadly epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, while AMC has Fear the Walking Dead, a Walking Dead prequel of sorts about the origin of the zombie outbreak, set for summer. Additionally, Fox found success with comedy The Last Man on Earth, which was renewed for a second season and spot on the fall schedule.