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FilmNation Entertainment has announced that they are currently developing a film titled Genius and have signed on Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth to play classic author Thomas Wolfe and his editor Max Perkins, respectively. John Logan, who very recently wrote amazing scripts for projects like Skyfall, Hugo and Rango, is writing the true-life drama and Michael Grandage, the recent Artistic Director of London’s famed theatre the Donmar Warehouse, is set to direct.
Based on the biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg, the movie will trace the beginnings of Wolfe's career as his writings led him to great fame and success, and tell the story of his relationship with Perkins, who at the time was one of the most well known literary editors of all time, having worked on pieces by greats such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway. The friendship between the two men was a tempestuous one, as the two occasionally butted heads. For example, while working on his Wolfe's first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, Perkins trimmed about 60,000 words and by the time the book was published the author wasn't sure if the book was really his or his editor's.
In a joint statement about the project Grandage and producer James Bierman said, "John Logan, Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender is an extraordinary line-up to work with and we are particularly delighted to bring Glen Basner and all at FilmNation onto the team to join us as we move forward. Together, we can all now look ahead to making this project a reality and bring this amazing story to the attention of audiences everywhere."
The project is aiming to start production in early 2014, so prepare to wait a while for this one.