8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Pablo Picasso Set as 'Genius' Season 2 Subject for Nat Geo
A morning after its first season came to a close, Nat Geo has revealed the subject for season two of its first scripted offering, Genius.
Pablo Picasso will be the subject of the sophomore season of the anthology drama from Imagine Entertainment and Fox 21 Television Studios. Casting has not begun for the role.
The 10-episode first season of Genius focused on Albert Einstein and starred Geoffrey Rush in the role. Season two will see exec producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Francie Calfo and Gigi Pritzker return, along with showrunner Ken Biller. The drama hails from Imagine Entertainment, Madison Wells Media's Oddlot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. It will return at a date to be determined in 2018. Genius received an early second-season renewal days ahead of its April premiere. The show ranked as Nat Geo's best performing new series launch ever.
Season two will chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter — considered one of the 20th century's most influential and celebrated artists — and focus on how he interpreted the world. Picasso painted more than 50,000 works, including The Old Guitarist, Guernica and Les Demoiselles D'Avignon, which remain on display in Chicago, Madrid and New York, respectively.
"The remarkable story of artistic visionary Pablo Picasso is the perfect subject for season two of Genius,” Howard said. “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.”