Why I wrote this
This script is dedicated to the brilliant women scientists who grew up as outsiders—isolated and ostracized—but end up changing the world.
I wrote this in a screenwriting course with Kathleen DeMarco Van Cleve . I chose to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race for two reasons: (1) all the subjects of Isaacson’s past biographies have been featured in a film, except Jennifer Doudna; and (2) the story is riveting, inspiring, and timely.
If there’s an inspiring story to tell, I want to tell it. I don’t believe in telling a story for the sake of telling a story. I believe that all stories, written or unwritten, are meant to inspire.
This story is meant to celebrate those girls and young female scientists—the cerebral types—who often suffer isolation during their young teenage and adult years. But often, the real genius who end up changing the world is one stuck in a lab…