Jane Root’s Nutopia and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures are to team up to produce a series for Nat Geo fronted by actor Chris Hemsworth that explores the possibility of extending human longevity.
Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “The Avengers”) will explore this idea in a new series, Limitless, from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures, the production team behind the network’s award-winning landmark science and natural history series One Strange Rock.
“Basically, I was somehow convinced to volunteer myself as a human guinea pig and endure a series of mental and physical challenges across the globe, all for the sake of science,” said Hemsworth. “We’re hoping to shed some light on new ideas and emerging science with the focus on extending a healthy life span. Production starts soon, so wish me luck.”
Using their signature high-end cinematic style, Nutopia and Protozoa will capture Hemsworth’s epic mission to discover how we all can live healthier, smarter and longer lives. No stranger to the pursuit of fitness and health (including the recent launch of his app Centr), Hemsworth aims to transform himself by training for six extraordinary challenges, showing how to fight ageing at every stage of life.
“With One Strange Rock we explored the incredible science of our natural world,” said Jane Root. “Limitless is equally as grand in scope, but with a topic that’s much more personal and rife with emotion.”
Each episode will tackle a different way we can live better for longer: regenerating damage, maximising strength, building resilience, shocking the body, supercharging memory and confronting mortality. Hemsworth will meet leading longevity scientists who believe that the key to staying young lies in rooting out and reversing the ravages of time before they take hold, and learn secrets from superhumans who demonstrate the mind-blowing extent of human potential. In Limitless, Hemsworth will come face-to-face with his own mortality, testing ways to extend his healthy life in challenges that will stretch his physical and mental abilities.
“I’m thrilled to once again partner with Jane and Darren, along with their powerhouse creative teams at Nutopia and Protozoa, to reveal the science behind unlocking the body’s secret superpowers in order to maximize our full potential and to live better, longer,” said Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Global Television Networks. “We are so fortunate to have Chris Hemsworth at the center of this series and to tap into his genuine curiosity and real-life superhero powers to push his own personal limits.”
“Limitless has the potential to improve people’s lives in simple, impactful ways, and we love Chris’ enthusiasm to be our tour guide,” said Aronofsky. “I look forward to reteaming with Jane, Nat Geo and our friends from One Strange Rock on this next adventure.”
While drawing on cutting-edge research, Limitless will also showcase extraordinary examples of longevity science from around the world — from the habits of centenarian martial artists to how Navy SEALs conquer stress. The series will reveal body hacks anyone can practice to keep the effects of ageing at bay, and keep you fitter, smarter and stronger, regardless of age.
Limitless will be produced by Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures for National Geographic . For Nutopia, Root and Arif Nurmohamed are executive producers; Ruth Shurman is showrunner. For Protozoa Pictures, Aronofsky and Ari Handel are executive producers. Chris Hemsworth and Ben Grayson are executive producers. For National Geographic, Matt Renner and Bengt Anderson are executive producers; Alan Eyres is senior vice president, production & development; and Geoff Daniels is executive vice president, global unscripted entertainment.
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