EXCLUSIVE: First of all, we can tell you that Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary of Revelations Entertainment and Jay Firestone of Prodigy Pictures are teaming up with geneticist and CRISPR pioneer George Church to develop and produce a drama series focused on the dangerous and vital ways in which technology can impact the world.
Written and produced by Nick Torokvei, the series explores the personal and global implications of cutting-edge genetic editing and engineering technologies used in the fight against climate change.
“We are honored to work directly with George Church,” said Freeman and McCreary. “He has been at the forefront of new genetic technology that is sure to impact all of our lives in more ways – and faster – than we realize.
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Firestone, who has produced series dealing with aspects of science and fantasy, initially met Church at a Science & Entertainment Exchange event. “George’s work could have a profound impact on the environment. He is committed to ensuring that the general public can understand the true potential of CRISPR and how we can use it to improve society, and we believe that the best way to do that is to produce a series where fantasy meets reality.
Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is Director of the US Department of Energy Technology Center and Director of the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Genomic Science. His work has inspired the development of film and television in the past – his work to revive the woolly mammoth was the basis of Ben Mezrich Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, which was opted for and developed as a feature. He has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Bower Prize and the Franklin Institute Scientific Excellence Award and election to the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering.
Coming from the success of Madam secretary, Revelations has scoured the world of cutting-edge science in shows hosted by Freeman like Through the wormhole for Science Channel and History of god and History of us for National Geographic. In 2014, Freeman recounted What is possible, a short film produced by the United Nations on the need to resolve the climate crisis. This film was shown to 162 world leaders to encourage change.
Freeman, McCreary and Revelations is replaced by CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Jay Firestone is replaced by Morris Yorn Barnes Levine. Nick Torokvei is replaced by Lindsay Williams of Gotham Group and lawyer David Jelenko of LGNAFC. George Church is represented by George Tobia of Burns & Levinson LLP.