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Hidden Figures was a huge success at the box office and had a tremendous run in theaters, as its biographical tale of three black female mathematicians working at NASA during the space race resonated with a lot of moviegoers. The film also had an impact with critics and was universally acclaimed, nabbing three Oscar nominations along the way. Now the news is out that Nat Geo is looking to develop a television series inspired by the film, and one would wager the network is hoping a series has the same success as the film did.
The Hidden Figures television series will have some major players from the film involved, as the film's executive producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping will also executive produce this potential series. Nat Geo, which offered no comment to Deadline regarding the project, will also executive produce. Details are very sparse on the project at this time as things are still very early on in development, but it has been said the series will be inspired by the film, which would lead one to believe they will be similar, but not necessarily share the same story shown in the film.
Beyond Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping's presence, it is unknown if any of the film's former cast will be involved in the Hidden Figures project. It wouldn't be completely shocking if a fair few were, as actors from the film like Tajari P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Jim Parsons are all no strangers to appearing on television. But with no confirmation regarding how this potential series will be tied to the film, its impossible to say whether or not the same characters portrayed in the film will be present in the project.
If the Hidden Figures project goes through, it will mark yet another move by Nat Geo to move into the realm of scripted television. The network has slowly introduced the genre to its programming with shows like Genius and the miniseries The Long Road Home, and has quite a few other scripted projects in development. It all seems to indicate Nat Geo is working towards offering far more scripted content than it currently does, which could mean the network will look very different in the future.
The Hidden Figures television project doesn't have a lot of details to share at the moment, so there's no telling when or if this potential series will premiere on Nat Geo. For a list of shows that will be premiering on television in the near future, be sure to check out CinemaBlend's midseason premiere guide and summer premiere guide. For more on the Hidden Figures film, check out this adorable picture of three little girls dressed up as the women from the film.