Warner Bros. bought Graham Moore’s spec script The Imitation Game in a 7-figure deal today. The buzz is reportedly great on Moore’s debut script about the life of British mathematician/computer scientist Alan Turing, though that is not necessarily why the studio outbid several independent companies for the rights. Rather it is because Leonardo DiCaprio is very interested in the project and has “the inside track” to star. Moreover, Ron Howard—who won the Oscar when he directed the math biopic A Beautiful Mind—is reportedly interested in the directing. No talent is officially attached yet.
Turing’s life is absurdly suited for the cinematic ups and downs of a biopic. Credited as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing was integral in the development of the modern computer, and a key codebreaker for the British during World War II. And the downs: Turing was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, elected chemical castration over prison, and finally ended his tormented life with a cyanide apple. More after the jump.