“Gattaca” Series Based on 1997 Movie in the Works at Showtime

Uma Thurman at the
Uma Thurman at the "Nelyobov (Loveless)" Red Carpet arrival in 2017. Photo by Anthony Harvey/REX/Shutterstock (9263580a)

If you’re a huge fan of dystopian sci-fi movies, and Gattaca happens to be one of your favorites, we’ve got some good news for you. Showtime is currently plotting a television adaptation of the 1997 movie starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

We’ve seen many attempts to bring ’90s movies back so you may feel a little bit skeptical about this one, but Gattaca is in good hands. This project hails from Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, co-creators and executive producers of the critically acclaimed series Homeland.

The duo wrote the pilot alongside Craig Borten, and the series is expected to take place a generation after the events of the film, in a world where parents can determine the future of their children before they are even born.

The original film centered on Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), a man with a congenital heart condition, who’s trying to overcome genetic discrimination and fulfill his dream of traveling in space by stealing the genetic makeup of a former star athlete.

The deal for the project is not yet closed, and it remains unclear if the upcoming series will bring any of the original characters and cast members back. This marks the second attempt to bring Gattaca to the small screen, following the Sony Pictures Television futuristic police procedural drama from 2009, which ultimately didn’t go forward.