Marion Cotillard (centre) in a scene from Contagion (2011). Makers of the film have explained how they saw an outbreak like coronavirus coming. Photo: Claudette Barius Marion Cotillard (centre) in a scene from Contagion (2011). Makers of the film have explained how they saw an outbreak like coronavirus coming. Photo: Claudette Barius
Marion Cotillard (centre) in a scene from Contagion (2011). Makers of the film have explained how they saw an outbreak like coronavirus coming. Photo: Claudette Barius

How makers of 2011 film Contagion foresaw Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, and gave the film lasting resonance

  • Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow were the film’s stars in 2011, but its theme of a novel virus sweeping the globe has seen the movie go viral today
  • The film’s scriptwriter conducted months of in-depth research into the science of pandemics and hired epidemiologists to develop a realistic plot

Topic |   American films
Marion Cotillard (centre) in a scene from Contagion (2011). Makers of the film have explained how they saw an outbreak like coronavirus coming. Photo: Claudette Barius Marion Cotillard (centre) in a scene from Contagion (2011). Makers of the film have explained how they saw an outbreak like coronavirus coming. Photo: Claudette Barius
Marion Cotillard (centre) in a scene from Contagion (2011). Makers of the film have explained how they saw an outbreak like coronavirus coming. Photo: Claudette Barius
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