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.
While director Timbur Bekmambetov’s next film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, pits our nation’s 16th president as an axe-wielding superhero with distaste for the undead, he’s set to go a tad more traditional with his next period pic. Deadline reports that Bekmambetov ‘s Bazelevs production company has acquired The Current War for Bekmambetov to direct. The film, written by Michael Mitnick, “chronicles the true-life public battle fought between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse for domination of the early power industry.” The script ranked fairly high on the 2011 Black List, which ranks the “most liked” unproduced screenplays circulating Hollywood.
Given the over-the-top nature of Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I can only assume that Bekmambetov’s version of the “War of Currents” will envision Edison and Westinghouse as wizards wielding unworldly power of a dark and gritty nature. I’m not the biggest fan of Bekmambetov’s style, but there seems to be plenty that are. It’ll be interesting to see if he does The Current War with an action bent or if he’ll try a more understated, dramatic approach.
Each year, Hollywood releases “The Black List.” The list is a compilation of the “best” unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Past scripts that have made their way to the list include Diablo Cody’s Juno and Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network. This year, topping the list is Graham Moore’s script for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Turning was a mathematician and codebreaker during World War II who was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, after which he elected chemical castration over prison, and eventually ended his own life.
The Imitation Game has been in the works for a while, and last we heard Warner Bros. was keen on getting Harry Potter director David Yates to take the helm. Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to have taken a liking to the role of Turing. Also appearing on the list is Matt Damon’s planned directorial debut Father Daughter Time and Chewie, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars from the perspective of Peter Mayhew. Hit the jump to peruse the entire list, which includes two Pinocchio projects, a movie about catching a screening of Jurassic Park, and zombies!