No Word Yet On An Expected Release Date for the Biopunk TV Series
When Wired magazine’s senior business/technology writer Marcus Wohlsen wrote a book titled Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life a few years back, it seemed to many like it could be an interesting basis for a sci-fi movie or series. And so it wasn’t surprising to most when Deadline announced that the Gotham Group, working with Legendary Television, is making a Biopunk TV series based off the book. Chase Palmer, co-writer of the upcoming movie remake of Stephen King’s IT created the show, and will also be writing the script for at least the pilot. Zachary Quinto will star in the lead role, and serve as a producer for the show.
For those who haven’t had a chance to read the book, here’s a quick overview of what the show will be about:
Biopunk chronicles the underground world of bio-hackers—DIY garage scientists seeking to do for biotech what Steve Jobs did for personal computing. These are young and hungry guerilla scientists committed to democratizing DNA the way the internet did for information, with the ambition to build never-before-seen organisms that could solve the thorniest challenges in food, health, energy, and environmental protection. Quinto will play the iconoclastic leader of this movement who can’t wait for the future to get here fast enough.
Zachary Quinto on the Biopunk TV Series
This marks a return to TV for Quinto, who rose to prominence in the role of the murderous supervillain Sylar in Heroes. Here’s what he had to say about the project:
“Having spent some time in my career exploring the landscape of science-fiction — it is a particularly exciting step to delve into a world of science-fact. The unfathomably thrilling real-life work of bio-hackers is dramatically crafted with compelling and complex dynamics by Chase Palmer, and Marcus Wohlsen is a limitless source of insight into and information about this powerful and fascinating subculture. Legendary has been a great partner in the developmental phase of this project, and we are all beyond excited to assemble a first-rate creative team and bring Biopunk to life.”
No word has been released yet on what network the Biopunk TV series will air on. Has anyone here read the book? If so, are you a fan of Wohlsen’s work? What do you think about this show? Let us know in the comments.