Hong Kong’s own Wayne Wang (Smoke) will direct an Albert Einstein biopic, tentatively titled Einstein. Wang will helm a script from Oscar-winning scribe Ron Bass (Rain Man) with Paul Schiff on-board to produce. Per Variety, Bass’ script will center around Einstein’s “trials, tragedies and vindication” in an effort to “see past Einstein the scientist and Einstein the celebrity, showing us Einstein the man.” While I’m sure Mr. Einstein overcame a great deal of adversity in his lifetime (his bout with dyslexia and his escape from Nazi Germany come to mind), it’s really hard to picture the “trials and tragedies” of someone who looks that happy just riding a bicycle.
Back to the biopic, though, producers are said to be considering shooting the film in Einstein’s native Germany and expect to cast the lead role in the coming weeks. Einstein will mark the second film that Wang and Schiff have collaborated on. The pair previously helped bring the world the Jennifer Lopez rom-com Maid in Manhattan. That in mind, I’d just like to say that I forgive them for that mess and look forward to their redemption in the form of Einstein.