EXCLUSIVE: Rosalind Franklin, a scientist whose role in the discovery of DNA’s structure in 1953 has been long forgotten, has a chance to be immortalized in a feature film. eOne has acquired Exposure, a spec script by Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi. eOne Features president Xavier Marchand prevailed in an auction that had studios in the competitive mix. ICM Partners and Stagecoach’s Steve Smith brokered the deal for the scribes and producers are already chasing this.
Franklin was an extraordinary scientist who was instrumental in the discovery of the DNA’s double-helix structure in 1953 by Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins. She was an expert at crystallography and took the first photos that eventually led James Watson to figure out the structure of the DNA. She never got the credit she deserved and died of cancer in 1958. They got the Nobel prize in 1962.