It was announced some time ago that there would be an adaptation of the Jonathan Trigell novel "Genus". The film is set to be directed by Joseph white who's credits include his VFX work on "Skyfall" and his acclaimed short-film "The Brain Hack". The film will be scripted by Mike Carey who is an acclaimed novelist and graphic novelist. The film itself has an interesting concept and theme that could resonate with a number of audiences since the subject matter is interesting and thought provoking.
Here's the plot synopsis:
Based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Trigell, the film is a gripping and action-packed sci-fi thriller set in a bleak and dangerous future.
In the not-so-distant future, genetic selection and physical perfection are the norm – all the qualities men and women aspire to can be purchased prior to birth, and those financially unable to ‘self-improve’ are ostracized as an underclass in London’s King’s Cross (The Kross). When a series of disturbing murders shakes the Kross, the unorthodox Detective Gunt is assigned to the case. As tensions mount between the improved and the unimproved, Gunt is running out of time. But as he gets closer to the truth and uncovers a larger conspiracy, he will come to question everything he’s ever known to be true.
This film has already been described as ‘Gattaca’ meets ‘Looper’ wrapped up in a detective thriller akin to ‘Se7en’. This should be enough to get you interested if you are a fan of any of those movies. Genus definitely seems like it will address the conflict between lower class and upper class society and the prejudice against those regarded as different for not looking a certain way. It's a story of the haves and the have nots all wrapped up in a murder mystery that will lead a detective to uncover disturbing revelations that will become a dangerous eye-opening experience. This is basically a tale about the politics of appearance and how destructive it truly is.
Genus will be an interesting film since it talks about a number of interesting issues such as genetic enhancement and modification. A society where only the wealthy and the privileged can afford to achieve the accepted standard of physical attractiveness and those who fail to meet this standard or cannot afford to undergo the process are treated as second class citizens who are marginalized and ostracized because their appearance doesn't follow the norm. In our current society we have the technology to change a person's appearance if they desire a certain look, plastic surgery and facial reconstruction technology have come a long way. Then there is the discussion about discrimination by appearance and in a society were appearance determines one's social standing and influence. When we look around we see billboards and and magazines with models wearing designer brands, they're presented as being valued because of their appearance and then we have those who try to reach an unattainable standard of beauty, particularly women who are more likely to care about how they look compared to their male counterparts. Based on these points this film could spark debate about appearance, class-warfare, and the ethics of genetic modification.