In 2011, director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns teamed for their second movie, the viral outbreak thriller Contagion, which proved to be an even bigger hit for Warner Bros. than some predicted, opening with $22.4 million in a slow post-Labor Day weekend and grossing $140 million globally.
Last May, there were rumors that Warner Bros. and Burns wanted to make a sequel to the movie–something which Jude Law knew nothing about when we asked him a few months later.
Earlier today, our brother site, ComingSoon.net, caught up with Burns to talk about his third collaboration with Soderbergh, the pharmaceutical thriller Side Effects, also starring Law with Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta- Jones.
When we got around to asking about that Contagion sequel, he said that they’ve shifted gears a bit to possibly take the idea of the movie onto a television series.
“We’ve been talking about turning it into a TV series and I think it may have a life there,” he told the site. “It has some of the properties inherently like ‘Homeland’ and ‘24’ where you can really explore outbreaks and pandemics in interesting ways. Like this story, they take you to unexpected places, whether it’s drug companies or governments or scientists or people with political agendas. All of these things, once they’re out there, can be coopted from a lot of different angles.”
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