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Could Steven Soderbergh's Contagion become a TV series?

Feb. 4, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Steven Soderbergh's 2011 thriller CONTAGION was one of his better movies. It successfully translated the procedural nightmare of dealing with an epidemic while not sacrificing quality drama. Instead of making an action movie out of it like OUTBREAK, CONTAGION looked at the path a disease can take from origins to eradication. Some may have found the movie to be a little dry, but I found myself washing my hands for several days after seeing it.

Imagine that spread out over the course of a television season.

Vulture reports that CONTAGION screenwriter Scott Z. Burns envisions the show working as a television series: "It has some of the properties inherently like Homeland and 24 where you can really explore outbreaks and pandemics in interesting ways."

There definitely would be an audience for a show like that. Whether it follows a single contagion for an entire season or more of a disease of the week format could work depending on the talent involved. At this point, anything would be better than another cop or CSI type show. A network like AMC or HBO could do justice to a series version of CONTAGION. Even without Soderbergh directly involved, a series should definitely look to the movie as a source of inspiration.

What do you think about a CONTAGION series?

Source: Vulture

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4:51PM on 02/04/2013

The Movie was Good...

... but I am not sold on this being a series. Then again, if it's a thirteen episode series with a rotating cast in different parts of the World focusing on the different organizations involved in the eradication of a virus it might remain fresh enough to sustain multiple seasons. Then again, what the hell do I know! In any case, I will definitely check out the pilot.
... but I am not sold on this being a series. Then again, if it's a thirteen episode series with a rotating cast in different parts of the World focusing on the different organizations involved in the eradication of a virus it might remain fresh enough to sustain multiple seasons. Then again, what the hell do I know! In any case, I will definitely check out the pilot.
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8:52PM on 02/04/2013
It'd probably last one season or got canceled mid-air like "Alcatraz".
It'd probably last one season or got canceled mid-air like "Alcatraz".
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4:54PM on 02/04/2013
Only so many ways you can tell a story where people get sick and then you have doctors in a lab generating a vaccine. Seems to me would get stale fast.
Only so many ways you can tell a story where people get sick and then you have doctors in a lab generating a vaccine. Seems to me would get stale fast.
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6:52PM on 02/04/2013
If its as painfully slow as the movie, no. I enjoyed it, but certainly didn't like the pace at all
If its as painfully slow as the movie, no. I enjoyed it, but certainly didn't like the pace at all
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