Ben Stiller Circling Thomas Edison Film THE CURRENT WAR as Directorial Vehicle; The Weinstein Company to Produce

     July 30, 2013


The Thomas Edison film The Current War is heating up.  The Michael Mitnick script chronicles the true-life public battle fought between Edison and George Westinghouse for the domination of the early power industry, and it landed on the Black List in 2011.  Last year Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter helmer Timur Bekmambetov signed on to direct, but further movement on the project failed to materialize.  Now The Weinstein Company has stepped in to finance and produce the period pic, and while Bekmambetov is no longer attached to direct, a number of other helmers are circling the project—including Ben Stiller.  Hit the jump for more.

ben-stiller-tropic-thunderPer THR, The Weinstein Company is in talks to produce and finance The Current War, which will finally get this period pic moving forward.  Bekmambetov is still onboard as a producer through his Bazelevs Banner alongside Steven Zaillian and Garrett Basch, and THR notes that “a number of directors are circling the material, including Ben Stiller.”  This comes on the heels of the excellent trailer debut for Stiller’s latest directorial effort, the imaginative drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  The film finds the Tropic Thunder director navigating some substantially more adult material, and it certainly looks like an early awards contender when it opens in theaters later this year.

Stiller has yet to enter negotiations for The Current War and it’s clear that there are other directors in the mix, but this would mark an interesting choice for Stiller.  He is also mulling over the prospect of helming Robert Downey Jr. in a new iteration of Pinocchio. Whoever ends up taking the helm, the rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse is ripe for a feature film dramatization, and the pic will likely be in good hands with TWC.  Hopefully we hear more soon.

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