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Academy Award-nominated feature HIDDEN FIGURES is getting a small screen adaptation at National Geographic. The film was based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly and centers on the true story of the black female mathematicians who were integral to the success of the American space program in the 1960s.
The original film grossed over $235 million worldwide and starred Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons. It was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Executive producers on the project include Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Toppin. The pair also executive produced the original film.
Nat Geo has previously found success with the anthology series Genius, with season one starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein. The project nabbed 10 Emmy nominations. Season two is currently in the works and focuses on Einstein’s contemporary Pablo Picasso, played by Antonio Banderas. They also released the Iraq War miniseries The Long Road Home last November.
The network also has The Right Stuff in development with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to executive produce. Like Hidden Figures, that project also centers on the early days of the space program. They are also developing The Birth of the Pill based on Jonathan Eig’s 2014 book and The Hot Zone based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about the origins of the Ebola virus.
Emily J | Managing Editor