A Hidden Figures TV Series Is in the Works for Nat Geo
Translating a big-screen hit into a small-screen success story can be an iffy proposition (see: both TV versions of Uncle Buck). But something tells us that the television adaptation of Hidden Figures won’t have much trouble finding its audience. As Variety reports, Nat Geo is in the process of attempting to turn Theodore Melfi’s Oscar-nominated 2016 film—based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book—into a scripted series.
Though it’s still in the very early stages of development, the series would dive deeper into the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson (played in the film by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, respectively)—the now-not-so-hidden black female mathematicians who played an indispensable role in the earliest days of NASA’s space program.
Since the film’s release in 2016, it has become a staple teaching tool in classrooms across America. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, who executive produced the film, will also be overseeing the television project, which would presumably run as a weekly series.