I saw Outbreak as a wee lad, and for approximately the next 10 years I was convinced that every cough was an early symptom of Ebola. To my over-active imagination, that half-baked Hollywood thriller was just about the most terrifying film conceivable, the invisible microorganisms that bastard monkey brought to the US were infinitely more frightening than the likes of Freddy, Jason, or even the prospect of Freddy vs. Jason.

And now Steven Soderbergh has to come along and stoke my fears all over again with Contagion, a disease thriller (I pray that doesn't become an actual genre) that promises to be grounded and well-researched enough to scare me into replacing my wardrobe with a Hazmat suit. The project has been coalescing for a few months, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Mr. Jules Asner's globe-trotting film will directly confront recent history by shooting in Hong Kong, the epicenter of the 2003 SARS epidemic from which Contagion takes its cues.
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