As Showtime stakes its future on established franchises, the cable channel is returning to a high school science class classic. A series adaptation of the 1997 film ‘Gattaca’ is under development on the channel.
While series details are being kept under wraps, the show will reportedly star Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, best known for Showtime’s 2011 drama “Homeland.” Gansa will executive produce and executive produce the series with “Dallas Buyers Club” screenwriter and Oscar nominee Craig Borten. All three executive produce the series, which hails from Sony Pictures Television.
Andrew Niccol’s directorial debut, the original “Gattaca,” focuses on a near-future society where eugenics-based technology is used to ensure that children receive the “best” hereditary traits from their parents. In the film, Ethan Hawke played Vincent, a man born without genetic screening who dreams of becoming an astronaut, but is banned due to discrimination and assumes the persona of another man (played by Jude Law) to take part in a mission to Saturn.
The film, which also starred Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal and Xander Berkeley, was met with lukewarm reception upon its initial release and ended up grossing $12.5 million domestically against a $36 million budget. . However, the film received an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction and has since become a cult classic as well as an average middle and high school science class. A series adaptation of “Gattaca” was reportedly in the works at Sony as far back as 2009 as a police procedural, though nothing ever materialized from the announcement.
News of the “Gattaca” series comes at an odd time for Showtime, which will be moving to Showtime as Paramount+ at some point in the near future. As the channel prepared for this renewal, several shows were canceled, including “American Gigolo” and “Let the Right One In,” as well as “Ripley” and “Three Women,” which have since been picked up by other networks, respectively. tapes. Showtime is reportedly focusing on spin-offs from existing shows or franchises, including past hits like “Billions,” “Ray Donovan” and “Dexter.”
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