Ebola drama to film in Toronto and South Africa

A drama series focussing on how the Ebola virus first reached US soil in 1989 will be filmed with Julianna Margulies on location in Toronto and South Africa.

A drama series focussing on how the Ebola virus first reached US soil in 1989 will be filmed with Julianna Margulies on location in Toronto (pictured) and South Africa.

The Hot Zone will tell the story of how the deadly virus was found in chimpanzees in a lab in suburban Washington, DC, and will chart subsequent efforts to curb the infection as it spread to the human population.

Ebola drama to film in Toronto and South Africa
Toronto

Scott Free Productions is one of several producers on the series that is based on a nonfiction thriller by Richard Preston.

“After working on The Hot Zone for over 20 years, I’m thrilled to finally be able to bring the true story of the origins of Ebola to the screen through our partnership with National Geographic, Scott Free and Fox 21,” said Lynda Obst, an executive producer on the drama.

“With the threat of global pandemics more relevant and urgent than ever, now is the perfect time to tell this compelling story.”

Toronto is a popular stand-in for Washington, DC, with the US capital often regarded as a challenging filming location, partly because of local permitting issues and security concerns.

South Africa is a key filming location on the African continent and is routinely used to double for story settings across Africa and, indeed, globally.

Toronto image: FreeImages.com/Scott Wilkinson

Ebola drama to film in Toronto and South Africa
Toronto

A drama series focussing on how the Ebola virus first reached US soil in 1989 will be filmed with Julianna Margulies on location in Toronto (pictured) and South Africa.

The Hot Zone will tell the story of how the deadly virus was found in chimpanzees in a lab in suburban Washington, DC, and will chart subsequent efforts to curb the infection as it spread to the human population.

Scott Free Productions is one of several producers on the series that is based on a nonfiction thriller by Richard Preston.

“After working on The Hot Zone for over 20 years, I’m thrilled to finally be able to bring the true story of the origins of Ebola to the screen through our partnership with National Geographic, Scott Free and Fox 21,” said Lynda Obst, an executive producer on the drama.

“With the threat of global pandemics more relevant and urgent than ever, now is the perfect time to tell this compelling story.”

Toronto is a popular stand-in for Washington, DC, with the US capital often regarded as a challenging filming location, partly because of local permitting issues and security concerns.

South Africa is a key filming location on the African continent and is routinely used to double for story settings across Africa and, indeed, globally.

Toronto image: FreeImages.com/Scott Wilkinson

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