Does this sound like a movie pitch or what?
So a lab accidentally pulls a 40-year-old plague virus out of cold storage and sends it all over the world in test kits. Scientists unknowingly begin testing with the virus, but initially have trouble identifying it because it hasn’t been seen in so long. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, people, young people, only people born after 1968 it turns out, begin contracting a mysterious flu-like virus. Finally a lab in Canada accidentally figures out what’s going on and saves the day.
Amazingly, I only had to make up the middle part, the part about anyone actually getting sick. The rest is true. Even about Canada saving the day. Which would never fly in a real movie pitch.