CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of Zoo, a drama based off of the novel of the same name by James Patterson to broadcast in summer 2014. The book, originally published in September 2012, tells the story of Jackson Oz, a young biologist who tries to get to the bottom of a series of violent animal attacks across the globe.
In a release, CBS revealed that Zoo the series would follow the plot of the book, with a young biologist looking into the source of the pandemic before it’s too late (though it did not state whether the young biologist onscreen would also be Oz). Jeff Pinker, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) wrote the script and will executive produce along with with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen. The series will broadcast in the summer of 2015.
James Patterson holds the Guiness World Record for the most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. A recent adaptation of his Alex Cross series starred Tyler Perry.