Star Trek Beyond‘s Zachary Quinto will star in and executive produce Biopunk, a drama based on the Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life book.
Written by Marcus Wohlsen, the book “chronicles the underground world of bio-hackers—DIY garage scientists seeking to do for biotech what Steve Jobs did for personal computing. These are young and hungry guerrilla scientists committed to democratizing DNA the way the internet did for information, with the ambition to build never-before-seen organisms that could solve the thorniest challenges in food, health, energy, and environmental protection.”
“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,” said Quinto. “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 will play the “iconoclastic leader” of the bio-hacker moment, who “can’t wait for the future to get here fast enough.”
The hour-long drama will soon be pitched to networks.