Director Michael Grandage has landed Michael Fassbender (who seems to be signing up for dozens of upcoming films) and Colin Firth for Genius, based on the inspirational true story of the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (to be played by Fassbender) and his editor, Max Perkins (Firth). John Logan (Skyfall) adapted A. Scott Berg's National Book Award-winning biography for the screen.
Filming isn't expected to begin until 2014 which gives Fassbender time to finish up most of the projects on his plate.
FilmNation Entertainment is backing the film. "Genius promises to be a beautifully performed, electrifying and deeply moving film," stated FilmNation's Glen Basner. "With such a strong creative team led by Michael Grandage, John Logan and James Bierman and with Firth and Fassbender on board, who are undoubtedly two of the finest screen actors working today, we can't wait to introduce the film to buyers at AFM."
The official synopsis: "Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Wolfe is a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins is one of the most respected and well-known literary editors of all time, discovering such iconic novelists as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Wolfe and Perkins develop a tender, complex friendship. Transformative and irrepressible, this friendship will change the lives of these brilliant, but very different men forever."
Fassbender is currently filming Terrence Malick's untitled movie and has wrapped up The Counselor from Ridley Scott and his Shame director Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave. He's also attached to the next X-Men movie, Prometheus 2, Assassin's Creed, and Jane Got a Gun.
Firth has Gambit coming soon to theaters and has finished up the crime drama Devil's Knot based on the true story of the West Memphis Three.
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