The recently concluded first season of Genius, which dramatized the life of Albert Einstein, was watched by more than 45 million people around the world, and is National Geographic’s best performing new series launch ever. Starring Geoffrey Rush as professor Albert Einstein, it was hailed as “Joyful to watch” by the Los Angeles Times, “Compelling” by The New York Times, and featured “Superb performances” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
National Geographic has announced that the second season of the acclaimed scripted anthology series will chronicle the life and work of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists. The artistic career of Picasso spanned more than 80 of his 91 years and he generated more than 50,000 works, imagining and interpreting the world in totally new and unorthodox ways, and constantly reinvented our perceptions of art and creativity.
His passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. He lived most of his life in the vibrant Paris of the first half of the 20th Century and crossed paths with writers and artists including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque, and Jean Cocteau.
Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios commented; “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.”
Season 2 of Genius, from Fox 21 Television Studios, will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. Show-runner, executive producer and writer Ken Biller will continue his role overseeing the new season.
Filming is expected to begin later this year for a 2018 premiere on National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and 45 languages.