NBC has plans to develop a series based on Wolfgang Petersen's thriller Outbreak. ER producers Jack Orman and John Wells are writing the pilot, which they hope will turn into an hour-long episodic series.

The film centered on a viral epidemic that threatens to take out the entire human race. Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland starred in the 1995 thriller.

Gail Katz, who also produced the movie, is producing alongside Andrew Stearn. No production schedule has been released.