CBS Orders New Drama Series ZOO Based on James Patterson's Bestselling Novel
CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of ZOO, a drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson, for broadcast in summer 2015.
Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg wrote the script and are executive producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
ZOO is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic's mystery before there's no place left for people to hide.
The book was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It's been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.
"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," said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. "With this #1 bestseller coming to television, we're excited to give our viewers a thrill ride with another blockbuster summer event."
ZOO is a CBS Television Studios production. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.
James Patterson is the world's #1 bestselling writer. To date, he has sold 300 million copies of his 130 novels worldwide, and he's the first author to sell 10 million ebooks. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author.
Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") recently signed a first-look deal with CBS Television Studios under their banner Midnight Radio. James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "The Wolverine") and Cathy Konrad ("Walk the Line," "Girl, Interrupted") have an overall deal with CBS Television Studios through Tree Line Films.