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ClarenceTam wegfn01 at ucl.ac.uk
Thu Feb 22 11:40:40 EST 1996

Randall Moore <randallt at flinet.com> wrote:
> I have just started reading the book HOT ZONE, Everyone at my work 
> insists that the movie OUTBREAK was made from that book. I don't think 
> that is correct, The book is factual the movie is fiction. I think it has 
> similarities but that is a given since they are both about a leathal 
> virus.
> So will someone please set me straight with the facts
> Thank YOu

In fact, a film based on the Ebola outbreak at Reston (without 
giving too much away if you haven't finished reading yet) from 'The
Hot Zone' was going to be made as well, starring Robert Redford and 
Jodie Foster if I remember correctly, but both walked out because of 
script problems. The would-be producers from 20th Century Fox then 
had a big argument about how the makers of 'Outbreak' copied their
idea. It's probably just as well it wasn't made since I doubt it'd
have been any good and neither (I'm sorry to say) is the book, save 
its information value.


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