‘Genius’ Eyes Aretha Franklin as Subject of Season 3

Aretha Franklin (Credit: YouTube)

If producers get their way, Aretha Franklin will be the subject of the next season of Genius, National Geographic Channel’s scripted anthology series about brilliant innovators.

According to Deadline, the team behind the series is trying to secure the rights to make the upcoming third season about the Queen of Soul.

Each season of the series focuses on a different subject, with the lives of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso previously explored.

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In April, Nat Geo said season 3 would be devoted to Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, who died in 1851.

After Franklin passed away in August at age 76, the team behind the show decided to make the next season about her, although the Shelley episodes are still said to be in development.

This past season, Antonio Banderas played Picasso, and in season one, Geoffrey Rush portrayed Einstein.

Both actors received Emmy nominations for their roles.

It will be interesting to see who the producers tap to play Franklin if the deal is finalized.

Genius comes from Imagine Television and Fox 21 TV Studios, with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney serving as executive producers. Ken Biller is the showrunner and Anna Culp produces the show.