When director Morten Tyldum and screenwriter Graham Moore previously teamed up for The Imitation Game, it resulted in an Oscar nomination for the former and an Oscar win for the latter. Now the two are looking to reunite for a similar project, The Last Days of Night, which also deals with technological geniuses.
According to Deadline, the project is based on the upcoming novel by Moore, which is about:
“[T]he nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America. New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy. Thomas Edison has won the race to the patent office and is suing his only remaining rival, George Westinghouse, for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars. To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: He hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath. The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting. Edison proves to be a formidable, wily, and dangerous opponent. Yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? As he takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.”
The Last Days of Night also features “Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Stanford White and other technological titans of the late 19th century.”
If the battle between Edison and Westinghouse sounds familiar, that’s because it’s begin developed as The Current War, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal starring as Edison and Westinghouse, respectively. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is helming that film. It will be interesting to see if both projects make it in front of cameras and if so, which one will make it to theaters first.