The team behind 2014’s The Imitation Game is getting back together, as Black Bear Pictures has won an auction for THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT, a spec script from Graham Moore based on his forthcoming novel that has Morten Tyldum attached to direct. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman, who also worked on The Imitation Game, will produce, along with Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky of Bristol Automotive.
The story is a historical thriller about the “War of the Currents,” the famous race for glory and riches between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Featuring a cast of characters ranging from Nikola Tesla to Alexander Graham Bell to Stanford White, the story is part legal caper and fact-based account of one of the most transformative moments in American history.
The Last Days project continues a trend of films being developed which focus on the turn-of-the-century and the figures who pushed the world into the electric age, including Weinstein’s The Current War, which will see Imitation Game star Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of Thomas Edison.
Black Bear, whose additional credits include the Robert Redford drama All is Lost, recently wrapped the Barack Obama biopic Barry and is serving as a financier to George Clooney’s Suburbicon. Next on their slate is the Jeremy Renner-starring thriller King of Heists.
Moore, who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, was a New York Times best-selling author prior to his success as a screenwriter with his debut novel The Sherlockian. With his knack for historical fiction, Moore was recently tapped to pen a rewrite of the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio project, The Devil in the White City.
Tyldum, who received an Oscar nomination for The Imitation Game, is coming off of the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sci-fi drama Passengers.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor