CBS gives order for James Patterson drama "Zoo"

Author James Patterson visit the SiriusXM studios for "SiriusXM's Town Hall with James Patterson and special guest Grant Hill" at SiriusXM Studio on June 7, 2013, in New York. Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM

CBS is shoring up a new book-to-TV adaptation for next summer.

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The network, which just premiered the second season of its Stephen King series "Under the Dome," has given a 13-episode order for "Zoo," a drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson.

The series, which will air next summer, 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.

"'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."

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") wrote the script and are executive producers with James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "The Wolverine"), Cathy Konrad ("Walk the Line," "Girl, Interrupted"), James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.

Patterson, who has sold 300 million copies of his 130 novels worldwide and holds the Guinness World Record for the most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers of any author, originally published "Zoo" in 2012. It's since been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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