Adam McKay Developing COVID-19 Vaccine Hunt Book Adaptation

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Adam McKay Developing COVID-19 Vaccine Hunt Book Adaptation

Adam McKay Developing COVID-19 Vaccine Hunt Book Adaptation

According to Deadline, Oscar winner Adam McKay (Vice, Succession, The Big Short) is developing a limited series for HBO based on The First Shot, a non-fiction book by The Atlantic and The New York Times writer Brendan Borrell about the hunt for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The book reportedly sold at auction to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and tells the story of the global coronavirus vaccine race. It will explore the companies and individuals putting everything on the line to save lives, the science that it is based on, and the challenges playing out around politics, access, and safety.

McKay’s Hyperobject Industries is set to produce the currently Untitled Vaccine Project. McKay will executive produce alongside Todd Schulman and Borrell.

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The outlet notes that Borrell has been closely covering the coronavirus vaccine search. He has written pieces such as “The Dire Diplomacy of the Global ‘Race for a Vaccine'” for Wired, as well as articles for National Geographic magazine and Science Magazine. Borrell’s other work includes coverage for rare genetic diseases for The New York Times and Australia’s flesh-eating bacteria problem for The Atlantic.

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