Killer virus movie ‘Contagion’ could spawn TV series

Released in 2011, the film starred Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet

Steven Soderbergh‘s medical disaster movie Contagion could be made into a TV series.

Released in 2011, Contagion followed the progress of a flu-like fictional virus that spreads from continent to continent killing millions. It boasted an A-list ensemble cast including Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard.

The film performed well at the box office, grossing over $135 million (£85 million) worldwide, prompting talk of a sequel at Warner Bros Pictures. However, screenwriter Scott Z Burns has now revealed that a follow-up could actually appear on the small screen.

He told “We’ve been talking about turning it into a TV series and I think it may have a life there. 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 co-opted from a lot of different angles.”

Meanwhile, Burns, Soderbergh and Law have teamed up again for Side Effects, a psychological thriller about a woman who experiments with prescription drugs while waiting for her husband to get out of prison. The film, which also stars Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum, opens in UK cinemas on March 15. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.