Nat Geo has put in development a potential series inspired by the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” Deadline has confirmed.
Details are few, as the project is in its early stages. Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, executive producers of the film, are on board to executive produce the TV project. Nat Geo will also produce.
The Theodore Melfi-directed historical film tells the untold true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.
Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” the film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, respectively, who performed work that was crucial to American success in the space race and most impactful in the successful 1969 Apollo moon landing. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell and Kimberly Quinn also star.
The film was nominated for three Oscars: best film, adapted screenplay for Melfi and Allison Schroeder and supporting actress for Spencer.
Nat Geo had no official comment.
Variety was first to report the project.