Mary Shelley to Be the Focus of ‘Genius’ Season 3

By June 18, 2018Authors, News, Television

In 2017, National Geographic launched a new TV series called Genius, which explores the lives of famed historical figures one might well label a genius. The first season followed Albert Einstein, the second Pablo Picasso, and it has now been confirmed that a third season is in the works and will follow the gothic writer Mary Shelley.

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles.”

“Mary Shelley has inspired countless filmmakers with her tale of the wretch brought to life by science gone wrong, but very few have fully captured her insightful reflections on society in the myth she left behind,” said executive producer Ron Howard. “Few know of her struggles due to gender inequities, her additional writings, her influence on other historically significant individuals and society at large. Showcasing someone like Mary Shelley and her amazing intellect, compassion and fortitude is exactly what this series is for.”

“The choice of Mary Shelley as the subject of our third season speaks to the incredible depth of the franchise,” said Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “How fitting at this moment in time to pivot to one of the many female geniuses in human history, and Mary’s story is both stranger than fiction and incredibly dramatic.”

As Deadline reports, an actress has not yet been cast for the role of Shelley but, given the big names the previous seasons have featured, it will be interesting to see who National Geographic selects. The first season starred Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein and the second season saw Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso. Genius quickly became National Geographic’s best performing new series and drew in over 45 million viewers across the world, season three is set to air next year.

Madeline Miller’s ‘Circe’ Is Being Optioned for Television

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Published earlier this year, Madeline Miller’s Circe tells the story of a lesser Greek God named Circe, the daughter of the mighty sun God Helios. However, unlike her father, Circe possesses no great powers, nor is she devastatingly alluring like her mother. Upon seeking solace in the world of mortals, Circe discovers that she does have power, the power of witchcraft, which may eventually rival the Gods of Mount Olympus.
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Sky to Adapt H. G Wells’ The Time Machine for Series

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We’ve seen some fantastic adaptations lately, and we’ve seen some fantastic books adapted several times, leaving us wondering ‘but what about the other great classics’. Well, one of my favourite novels is about to get a rework for television and I couldn’t be more excited!

This week Deadline reports that H. G Wells’ The Time Machine is to be adapted by Sky television for the small screen, although they do say the project is very early in the development stage, so it may be a while away yet, it is coming!

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A Jack Reacher TV Series Is in the Works (With a Taller Star)

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Malorie Blackman named as newest Doctor Who screenwriter

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Malorie Blackman (Noughts and Crosses) has been named as the sci-fi television series newest writer!

As a Doctor Who fan and a fantastic writer, Malorie had already been asked 5 years ago to write a short story based on the Seventh Doctor series with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred (hear an extract). 

Speaking in 2013, about her original short story, Blackman wrote:

I have always loved Doctor Who. From the time I was a child and the Daleks used to make me run and hide behind the sofa, to Saturday morning pictures when I first saw the Doctor Who films featuring Peter Cushing, right up to the current Doctor with Matt Smith.”

The bosses at Doctor Who couldn’t have made a more perfect choice!

The latest series of Doctor Who will hit our screens this Autumn with many of the writers hidden from the public until now. Malorie Blackman is joined by writers Pete McTighe (Wentworth), Ed Hime (Skins), playwright Vinay Patel, and Joy Wilkinson (The Life And Adventures Of Nick Nickleby).

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Neil Gaiman plans to write another episode of Doctor Who

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Neil Gaiman, one of our absolute favourite writers here at For Reading Addicts, has expressed his continuing desire to write more episodes of the science fiction series Doctor Who.

His last Doctor Who episode was aired in 2013; much to Gaiman’s chagrin his plans to write episode for the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, never came to fruition. Timing and other commitments (namely Good Omens) meant he had no time for Doctor Who.

The lifelong Whovian spoke to Digital Spy: “If you examine my DNA and you go in deep enough, with a good enough microscope, you’re gonna see a TARDIS, with a little light blinking on the top!”

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