Zachary Quinto set to star as a bio-hacker in new sci-fi series Biopunk

Zachary Quinto is returning to his sci-fi TV roots. The actor is all set to headline -- as well as executive-produce -- a new one-hour sci-fi drama series titled Biopunk, based on Wired magazine’s senior business/technology writer Marcus Wohlsen’s book Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life.

The series was created by Chase Palmer, co-writer of the upcoming movie remake of Stephen King’s IT. Palmer will also pen the script. Deadline reports the project will soon be shopped around to the networks and “falls under Gotham’s first-look deal at Legendary Television and was developed in-house.” 

Here’s the intriguing premise (Fun Fact: Biopunk is a subgenre of science-fiction centering on biotechnology. It's also derived from cyberpunk, but deals with synthetic biology):

Biopunk 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 guerilla 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. Quinto will play the iconoclastic leader of this movement who can’t wait for the future to get here fast enough.

Quinto’s made a name for himself by playing everyone’s favorite superpowered serial killer, Sylar, on the first four seasons of Heroes, which led to him nabbing the role of the Enterprise's Vulcan science officer, Spock, in the new Star Trek movies. He also got an Emmy nomination for his stint in American Horror Story: Asylum. Here’s what Quinto had to say about his return to sci-fi TV:

“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,” says 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.”

What do you guys think of the premise for Biopunk? Are you looking forward to seeing Zachary Quinto return to the small screen in a new sci-fi series?

(via Deadline)

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