J.Lo Developing DNA Hacking Series For NBC

By October 19, 2016


Jennifer Lopez is heading into the future. Well, “five minutes” into the future, we guess.

The singer and actress has donned her executive producer hat, convincing NBC to place a script order for CRISPR, a procedural thriller The Hollywood Reporter says will go into the science-fiction realm of DNA hacking.

If the project moves forward, each episode will explore a bio-attack and crime – from a genetic assassination attempt on the president to the framing of an unborn child for murder.

The potential series would pair a Centers for Disease Control scientist with an FBI agent, which means not only will there be teamwork in finding the big bad each season, but there also could be some love fireworks.

The drama will see mentor and protege battle for control over the human genome in a game of cat and mouse, in which the future of our species may rest, and all disease could one day be eradicated.

CRISPR, by the way, stands for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.”

It’s way too early to know who might star in the pilot, if it’s picked up, but it will unlikely be Lopez, who currently stars in Shades of Blue for NBC. Lopez, however, is quite busy as an executive producer, with the title not only in Shades but also The Fosters on Freeform.

She’s also set to be a judge on World of Dance, also planned for NBC, where she also serves as an executive producer.

Anthony Cipriano will write the pilot script. He’s the creative mind that brought Bates Motel to A&E, currently renewed through its fifth season.

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Michael Hinman

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