In early 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its infancy, there was a sudden spike of curiosity in watching the 2011 movie Contagion. Ditto for 1995’s Outbreak. Chalk it as much as morbid curiosity. When feeling threatened by an precise pandemic, some individuals lean in to that worry and uncertainty with their media selections moderately than looking for escape—maybe as an advanced response mechanism for coping with threats by studying from imagined experiences.
That would appear to bode effectively for the success of Station Eleven, a forthcoming new sequence from HBO Max that depicts the onset and aftermath of a worldwide flu pandemic that wipes out most of humanity. HBO greenlit the sequence—which is predicated on the award-winning 2014 novel of the identical identify by Emily St. John Mandel—within the Earlier than Instances. The community simply dropped an intriguing teaser, together with a couple of first-look nonetheless pictures.
Timing is likely to be an element right here. Granted, there was an uptick in readership for Mandel’s novel final yr, in line with the morbid curiosity speculation. However with COVID-19 circumstances nonetheless sporadically surging all over the world and fatigue and frustration mounting, has the style for apocalyptic pandemic situations (apart from zombie films) run its course?
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