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CBS Orders Drama Series ‘Zoo’ Based on James Patterson Novel

From ”Mission Impossible“ producers, the series is set to debut in Summer 2015

CBS has ordered drama series “Zoo,” based on the James Patterson novel of the same name and produced by “Mission Impossible” producers.

The network has given a straight-to-series order to “Zoo” for 13 episodes, which are set to debut in Summer 2015.

“Zoo” is described as 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 to hide.

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Jeff Pinkner (“Fringe”), Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) wrote the script and will serve as executive producers under 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”) will serve as executive producers under their overall deal with CBS Television Studios through Tree Line Films.

From CBS Television Studios production, the series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

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Originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company, Patterson’s “Zoo” was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. It’s been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.