The original classic of plague lit, Michael Crichton's Andromeda Strain, is getting a classy remake as an A&E miniseries. Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, the new Andromeda looks like it'll bring all of the intensity, and grit of the novel, but with more of an action-movie spin. Best of all, it'll sacrifice none of the original's intelligence and attention to detail. Watch the trailer and then click through to learn more, including spoilers for those of you who somehow missed the classic original.

The Andromeda Strain was one of my favorite novels, long before I had any idea who this Crichton guy was. And the 1970s movie was one of the few adaptations that wasn't a letdown. And yet I'm still cautiously optimistic that this new version could improve on them both, based on the cast and crew. In particular, Benjamin Bratt is always fun to watch, and so are Daniel Dae Kim and Andre Braugher. I can live with Ricky Schroder. The Scotts produced the miniseries, but it's directed by Mikael Salomon, who's done a lot of TV directing and was the cinematographer on The Abyss. I'll avoid commenting on the fact that Ridley Scott is putting his name on Andromeda after swearing that science fiction was dead. Here's how A&E describes the plot of their version:

A U.S. satellite crash-lands near a small town in Utah, unleashing a deadly plague that kills virtually everyone except two survivors - an old man and an infant, who may provide clues to immunizing the population. As the military attempts to quarantine the area, a team of highly specialized scientists are assembled to find a cure and stop the spread of the alien pathogen, code-named Andromeda.
[ScifiCool]