CBS is about to take a walk on the wild side with its newly ordered series “Zoo.”

The network has made a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of the show to be broadcast in summer 2015.

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Based on James Patterson’s novel of the same name, “Zoo” is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.

Sounds intense.

The television adaptation comes with great anticipation after the book sold more than four million copies worldwide while also being a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) wrote the script and are executive producers with James Mangold (“Walk the Line,” “The Wolverine”), Cathy Konrad (“Walk the Line,” “Girl, Interrupted”), James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.

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“’Zoo’ further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality, year-round programming and to high-concept series that play to summer audiences in the U.S. as well as on a global scale,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. “With this #1 bestseller coming to television, we’re excited to give our viewers a thrill ride with another blockbuster summer event.”

Shawn Thomas writes Entertainment & Lifestyle content for CBS Local. Follow him on Twitter.


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