Tony and Ridley Scott are bringing Michael Crichton's 1969 bestseller "The Andromeda Strain" to A&E, according to Variety.

The brothers will executive produce the miniseries for the cable network based on Crichton's story of extraterrestrial germs run amok. Director-cinematographer Mikael Solomon will direct from a script by Robert Schenkkan (The Quiet American).

The project is set to go into production this summer. David Zucker and Tom Thayer are also executive producing.

The miniseries was originally scheduled to be a four-hour event, however executives have later acknowledged it could run up to six hours.