In the wake of the Season 1 finale of National Geographic’s anthology series “Genius” scoring 45 million viewers worldwide, the cable network has announced the subject of the next installment: Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Due out sometime in 2018, Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) will continue to executive produce the scripted project with longtime collaborator Brian Grazer, while producer Ken Biller will be back as showrunner.
The successful first season centered on Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”) as Albert Einstein, but there’s no word yet on who might take on the role of the famed painter, whose career spanned more than 80 years. Picasso’s juicy personal life will also be addressed in “Genius,” including his multiple marriages and affairs. What are YOUR casting suggestions for who should play Picasso? Be sure to give us your best ideas down in the comments section.
Picasso generated more than 50,000 works until his death in 1973 at the age of 91, including: “The Old Guitarist” from his Blue Period, now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago; “Guernica,” inspired by the Nazi bombing of a small Spanish town of the same name, currently on display at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain; and “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon,” inspired by lover and muse Fernande Olivier, now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
“We are thrilled with the enthusiastic response audiences and critics have had for ‘Genius’ over the last nine weeks, and are excited to be delving back in to the concept with season two,” said CEO of National Geographic Global Networks Courteney Monroe. “More so than any of his contemporaries, Picasso’s work dramatically expressed the modern age and defined new cultural norms. We are excited to explore his life and his genius with the incredibly talented team behind the series.”
“The remarkable story of artistic visionary Pablo Picasso is the perfect subject for season two of ‘Genius’” said executive producer Ron Howard. “Picasso was a trailblazer who left a profound artistic and cultural impact on the world and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios in telling the untold story behind the brilliant individual.”
“Season one has been a fantastic experience for all of us, and we owe a big debt to Courteney, Carolyn and the Nat Geo team for being such great partners,” commented Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “Picasso is arguably one of the most influential artists of the last century with a life story almost too fantastic to be reality. It’s the perfect next chapter for Ron, Brian, Ken and this franchise.”
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