According to Variety, Showtime is currently developing a series adaptation of Sony Pictures’ 1997 sci-fi thriller Gattaca. The project hails from Homeland creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.
The Gattaca series will be created and executive produced by Gansa, Gordon, and Craig Borten, with Gansa also serving as the showrunner. The project is also being produced by Sony Pictures Television for Showtime. Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps.
“Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, and Jude Law star in this engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Hawke stars as Vincent, an ‘In-Valid’ who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation,” reads the synopsis for the original. “However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent’s dreams steadily unravel.UHD synopsisAs one of the last “natural” beings born into a genetically engineered world, Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has none of the “pre-ordered” DNA that will guarantee him success. Desperate to realize his dream of exploring space, Vincent assumes the identity of a genetically superior athlete (Jude Law). Avoiding detection using the athlete’s genetic markers, Vincent becomes a rising star at Gattaca Aer”
Despite becoming a box office disappointment with a domestic gross of over $12 million against its reported budget of $36 million, Gattaca was well-received by critics due to its thought-provoking sci-fi story. The upcoming Showtime adaptation isn’t Sony Pictures Television’s first attempt at adapting the film into a series. In 2009, the studio tried developing a police procedural drama based on the 1997 cult classic.