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Dozens of shows come close to getting on the air at any given point during the year. But, it's probably rare that a show looks like a done deal, but then gets pulled before it even gets the chance to shoot one scene. Well, now that's exactly what's happened with one NBC show.
The planned drama, Patient Zero, was conceived as a 10-part thriller that would have dealt with a global epidemic that turns those infected with a virus into predators who are addicted to violence. The focus of the show would have been on the outbreak of the disease after a woman develops strange symptoms and she and her family find themselves at the center of the coming crisis. NBC Universal's production arm was working on the show along with British network Sky Atlantic, and the drama was scheduled to appear on NBC as well as Sky. Graham Moore, the writer who won an Oscar for his first film, The Imitation Game, was on board to write the series, and excitement for the project was supposed to be high. But, according to Radio Times, Sky just pulled the plug on the series. Director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Quantum of Solace, World War Z) was also attached to the drama.
Radio Times is also reporting that Sky dropped the show to develop a London-based drama that will center on terrorism, but there's no word on why the network thought that show would be a better gamble than Patient Zero, especially considering that they already had some top notch talent involved in that project. It's possible that Patient Zero would not have been set in England, and with the proposed terrorism thriller being set in London, the network may have simply felt that that show would be a better fit for their audience in the U.K.
Of course, it's also possible that Sky didn't want the show to be confused with the Sony Pictures film of the same name that happens to focus on a very similar topic. The horror movie, which stars Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games films) and is due out next year, is about the search for patient zero during a global pandemic that has led to there being very few healthy humans left on the planet. In addition to the subject matter of the film being similar to that of the TV show, Tucci was once said to be on board for a starring role in the Sky series.
Well, that's a shame. It sounds like NBC and Sky were getting some good pieces together to make Patient Zero a show that would have been worth checking out. While shows like The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead have kind of cornered the market on survivor drama, it would have been nice to have some characters around who were running from something other than zombies on television. Who knows, maybe NBC will find another production partner and we'll still get to see Patient Zero on TV some day.