The American television channel HBO, which has produced successful series such as “Game of Thrones” and “Chernobyl”, is preparing to shoot a limited edition series about the world race to obtain a vaccine against COVID-19, which will be an adaptation of The book “The First Shot”, which has not yet been published, reports EFE, quoted by Agerpres.
“The First Shot” is a non-fiction novel written by journalist Brendan Borrell and few details are known beyond the brief description on his website, but which has already caught the attention of HBO, which will launch a television production based on this book directed by Adam McKay, a filmmaker famous for his successful films such as “Vice”, “The Big Short” and “Ant-Man”.
“I’m writing a non-fiction narrative book about the global race to get a vaccine against the new coronavirus, about the companies that risk everything to get it, about the fascinating and often surprising science on which it is based, and the challenges of access and security.” assures the author in a presentation text, in which he encourages those involved to share their stories.
The director of the future limited-edition series, one of the first confirmed pandemic projects in Hollywood, is collaborating with HBO on several projects that have been put on hold in the context of the coronavirus crisis.
McKay’s projects include a 1980s Los Angeles Lakers fiction series, a Jeffrey Epstein series, and an adaptation of the American series inspired by the successful South Korean film “Parasite,” which aired at Cannes and made history at the Oscars.
Awarded an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “The Big Short” (2015), Adam McKay also made a name for himself as a director, with films such as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004), “The Big Short” and “Vice” (2018).