National Geographic Channel’s first-ever scripted series, Genius, will will dramatize the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators. The debut season will uncover how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk named Albert Einstein—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate—unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe.
Based on Walter Isaacson’s critically-acclaimed book, “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” Genius will explore the iconoclast behind these extraordinary scientific achievements, including his political activism, family life, and volatile and complex personal relationships.
Academy Award winner Ron Howard will direct the first episode of the scripted series, which marks a first in network history. “I hope that his story, as well as those of other geniuses, will both entertain and inspire the next generation of Einsteins,” says Howard, who is currently in production on National Geographic Channel’s unscripted and scripted hybrid series, MARS, that tells of our journey to colonize the red planet.
Genius will premiere on the National Geographic Channel next spring in 171 countries and 45 languages.