As a follow up to their 2019 series, The Hot Zone, National Geographic has begun pre-production on their new show The Hot Zone: Anthrax. Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, King Richard) and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O, Lost) have been announced as the leads in the limited drama series that will follow their characters as they work together to track down who was responsible for sending targeted letters filled with anthrax to various people in the United States, based on the real events that happened in 2001 shortly after 9/11. The Hot Zone is a recently developed anthology series inspired by actual events involving a different infectious disease each season, the first series depicting the first appearance of the Ebola virus in the United States in the late 80s.
Since Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox back in 2019, National Geographic has found a home on Disney Plus, opening up further opportunities for them to create more content. With The Hot Zone being National Geographic’s most-watched scripted series to date, it’s no surprise that they’re making headway on a second series. Let’s just hope that they tackle a few other infectious diseases before making a one on Covid-19.
No information yet on a potential release date, but with this first announcement rolling in, we should expect more general updates in the near future.