National Geographic has announced that anthology Genius has been renewed for a third season, which will focus on Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and begin filming later this year.
“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles.”
Also the subject of an upcoming biopic starring Elle Fanning, Shelley published six novels, three children’s books, and dozens of short stories during her career. Known for birthing the science fiction and post-apocalyptic genres through Frankenstein and The Last Man, respectively, she was one of few women to support herself as an author during the early 18th century, but for all of her professional success, Shelley dealt with personal anguish from outliving longtime love Percy Bysshe Shelley and three of her four children. Shelley subsequently died from a brain tumor at the age of 53.
Genius is part of a growing scripted slate for National Geographic that includes space drama Mars, recently completed miniseries The Long Road Home, and upcoming tech series Valley of the Boom.
Season one of Genius found Geoffrey Rush portraying Albert Einstein to solid reviews, 10 Emmy nominations, and 45 million viewers worldwide. The second season, set to premiere Tuesday, April 24th at 9:00, features Antonio Banderas in the role of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.