NatGeo Developing Series Based on 'Hidden Figures'

In what may be the most faith-in-humanity-restoring news today, we may be getting a TV show based on Hidden Figures. I caution the maybe, because "in development" doesn't mean absolutely happening, right? So, cautiously optimistic.

It was announced today that NatGeo (the National Geographic Channel) is in the extremely early stages of developing a new television series based on the 2016 film Hidden Figures, which was based on the true story of the amazing African American women who worked for NASA during the early days of the space program.

NatGeo Developing Series Based on 'Hidden Figures'
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) celebrate their stunning achievements in one of the greatest operations in history. Photo Credit: Hopper Stone.

The film starred Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae as Katherine G. JohnsonDorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three women who personally changed the face of history at NASA. Met with several big awards nominations and critical acclaim, the film hit at just the right time and continues to be an inspirational touchstone of how to tell a true story of such importance.

NatGeo will produce the series, along with executive producer Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment, both of whom executive produced the film.

If this goes to series, it'll join the other space project also being developed by the cable network, Leonardo DiCaprio's series based on The Right Stuff.

We'll let you know once any additional information is known.

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