In the wake of 9/11 and on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the deadly attacks, Nat Geo has announced The Hot Zone: Anthrax is premiering next month. The scientific thriller series stars Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim and will be hitting our screens in a double bill fashion on Sundays at 21:00 (CAT) from 5 December 2021 on National Geographic (DStv 181, Startsat 220). Additionally, the episodes will be available after premiere broadcast on DStv Catchup.
In a timely limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a deadly threat, The Hot Zone: Anthrax takes place in 2001, when the United States was rocked by another unprecedented act of terrorism. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington DC, and New York. The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic throughout the US. Despite many false leads, a team of FBI agents and scientists slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect.E
While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during the anthrax attacks, there are many layers to this chilling and unbelievable crime story that have not yet been told.
The Hot Zone: Anthrax, inspired by true events, follows parallel stories of Matthew Ryker (Kim) and Dr. Bruce Ivins (Goldwyn). Ryker, an FBI agent with a specialty in microbiology, risks his career to convince his superiors of the unthinkable just three weeks after the 9/11 attacks: The United States is under attack again. Ivins, a brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt to find the 2001 anthrax killer, works closely with the FBI to uncover who is behind the deadly anthrax letters, while his growing instability and paranoia give way to deeper unnerving discoveries.
For The Hot Zone: Anthrax, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson serve as executive producers and showrunners. Scott Free Production’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker are executive producers, with Jordan Sheehan also serving as executive producer. Lynda Obst and Daniel Percival are also executive producers. Richard Preston is a co-executive producer on the series. The series is produced by 20th Television and Scott Free Productions.