Adaptation of the limited series ‘The Code Breaker’ in preparation – The Hollywood Reporter


Mark Gordon Pictures reclaimed the screen rights to Walter Isaacson’s scientific discovery book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, gene editing and the future of the human race.

The Hollywood producer is planning a limited TV series about Jennifer Doudna, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and co-inventor of CRISPR technology, a tool for rewriting and editing human genes, or the code of life.

Simon & Schuster published Isaac’s last book in March. Mark Gordon and Beth Pattinson will produce the adaptation of the limited television series for Mark Gordon Pictures.

Project reunites Gordon with Isaacson after Hollywood producer earlier opted for biography Steve Jobs, released in 2011. Gordon went on to produce the 2015 Oscar nominated film of the same name, directed by Danny Boyle and adapted by Aaron Sorkin.

“At a time when science is more than ever in the public eye, it is a privilege to be entrusted with Jennifer’s story and to recognize the work that has changed the lives of her and her extraordinary collaborators”, Pattinson said in a statement.

The code breaker The book follows Doudna and his team as they develop technology capable of editing DNA known as CRISPR with efficiency and precision to open up a world of medical possibilities. Doudna and her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2020.

“I am delighted that Mark and Beth are going to make this exciting and inspiring story,” Isaacson said in his own statement.


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