It seems Zachary Quinto is returning to his home on television once more, and not for another role on ‘American Horror Story.” The man, best known for his work as Sylar on ‘Heroes’ and for portraying Spock in the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ franchise, will be coming back to television for an adaptation of the Wired book ‘Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life.’ The exciting project tells the story of the world of Bio-hackers, a group of scientists who wish to do for biotech what Steve Jobs and Apple did for the world of personal computing. Furthermore, they aim to democratize DNA in a similar vein (see what I did there?) to how the internet democratized information for the world.
Quinto has also signed on to Executive Produce the project, along with his longtime producing partner Neal Dodson, and the Gotham Group. They will be working with Chase Palmer (who co-wrote the upcoming remake of ‘It’), who created the series and will be writing the script for the pilot, as well as being an Executive Producer.
According to Quinto:
“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.”
As for Palmer:
“The minute I was introduced to the world of Marcus’ book my imagination was captured. I knew immediately this edgy, activist, kick-down-the-walls subculture of citizen scientists was my way in to telling a bigger canvas story about the next great technological evolution no one knows is coming but will change everything: hacking life. I am pumped to be doing this with Legendary, which excels at smart event entertainment, and especially with Zachary Quinto, whose intelligence and charisma I built the series around.”
What are your thoughts on this project? Is there enough interesting drama to keep us engaged in each hour-long episode? Share your opinions on the series in the comments below!
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