A&E Sets Premiere Date For Ridley & Tony Scott's Coma Miniseries
In addition to their feature film work, which includes the recently released sci-fi thriller Prometheus, Ridley and Tony Scott have contributed to a number of TV projects over the years, including producing the 2008 mini-series adaptation of MIchael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain, as well as the 2010 miniseries adaptation of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, and coming-soon, the miniseries for Follett's follow-up novel World Without End. While Reelzchannel is reportedly trying to get that one on the air at some point this fall, Ridley and Tony Scott are set to serve as executive producers for a miniseries adaptation that's set to air Labor Day on A&E.
The Hollywood Reporter shared the news today that A&E is set to air Coma in early September. Produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive-produced by Ridley and Tony Scott (along with David W. Zucker, Martin Erlichman and Mikael Salomon), the miniseries is based on a novel b Ronin Cook, which was adapted by Michael Crichton for the 1978 film starring Michael Douglas. The story follows a young doctor who begins to discover something happening at the hospital that's putting seemingly healthy patients into a coma during what should be routine surgeries.
The four-hour movie, which will air over two nights and premiere on September 4 (Labor Day), stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn and Richard Dreyfuss. To say it has a great cast is putting it mildly. Ambrose will play starring role. While I'm sure those who've read the book or saw the original movie might be interested to see how this adaptation works, as someone unfamiliar with how the story ends, it certainly sounds intriguing and could be a great way to unwind after a Labor Day barbecue.
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