A&E’s two-part movie miniseriesÂ Coma (Sept. 3-4 at 9pm ET) is based on the Robin Cook novel and comes from executive producers Ridley and Tony Scott (Tony died in an apparent suicide on Aug. 19) boasting an all-star cast: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn and Richard Dreyfuss. The medical thriller follows a young doctor (Ambrose) who discovers that something sinister is going on at her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.
A&E medical thriller Coma reunites Geena Davis and Ridley Scott
By John Crook
With an Oscar (for The Accidental Tourist) and a Golden Globe (for the ABC drama Commander in Chief) on her mantle, Geena Davis says she doesnâ€™t care whether her work winds up on the big or little screen. Still, it may seem odd to find Davis in a supporting role in Coma, a two-part A&E retelling of the Robin Cook hospital thriller premiering Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 3-4 â€“ until you learn that this TV movie is executive produced by Ridley Scott, who directed Davis two decades ago in Thelma & Louise.
â€śActually, there were several reasons I wanted to do this, but the first thing I heard about it was that Ridleyâ€™s company was doing it, and this year is the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise, and I hadnâ€™t gotten to do anything with him
Davis says the thriller, directed as a film in 1978, still proves unsettling today.
â€śI think the movie definitely plays to the fear that weâ€™re not being looked out for, that there are things that are going on that are not in the publicâ€™s best interest but that other people have decided theyâ€™d rather we didnâ€™t know about. I think thatâ€™s kind of a lurking fear in society and it seems that it is heightened in these times.â€ť
Coma Movie Photo: Credit: Andrew Eccles/A&E