Zachary Quinto, from Heroes and Star Trek will be executive producing and starring in a drama series called Biopunk, Deadline reports. The upcoming show will be an hour long and based on a book titled Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life. The author of the book is Wired magazine’s senior business/technology writer Marcus Wohlsen. Chase Palmer, who is co-writing the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s It, created the Biopunk series and also wrote the scripts for the show. Palmer will executive produce along with The Gotham. In addition, Quinto and his longtime producing partner, Neal Dodson of Before The Door Pictures will assist as executive producer too.
The project is part of Gotham’s first-look deal at Legendary Television and was developed in-house. Biopunk centers on the underground world of bio-hackers or DIY garage scientists seeking to do for biotech what Steve Jobs accomplished for personal computing. This group of driven guerilla scientists are dedicated to democratizing DNA the way the internet did for information. They’ll attempt to do this utilizing never-before-seen organisms that may solve most challenges in food, health, energy, and environmental protection. Quinto’s role in the series will be the iconoclastic leader of this movement who are eager to achieve scientific breakthrough.
In regards to the series, Quinto said “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.”
Quinto is known for his portrayal of Spock in the 2009 Star Trek and its sequels, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. He’s also well known for playing Sylar in the sci-fi drama series Heroes.
Palmer shared his excitement towards the Biopunk series and stated “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 into 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.”
As of now no premiere date has been set for Biopunk.