The Imitation Game has passed through a high number of hands by now, and almost no creatives are even attached. Once meant for Warner Bros., Leonardo DiCaprio, and director J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), it ended up at Black Bear Pictures — without its star, but possibly with the director still in tow. Then Ridley Scott came calling for the latter, and this prospect turned into an unknown commodity at the drop of a hat. It’s been a shaky path, all things considered.
Things appear to be stabilizing, though. Deadline report that, with Blakeson out of the equation, producers have called in the talents of Headhunters director Morten Tyldum; he’s still the only attached creative, but makes for a good step altogether. In addition to the new director having made a well-received film as of late, one should keep confidence in The Imitation Game because of the most important element under the sun: its script. That piece, written by Graham Moore, was a huge object of desire on the bidding scene last fall, while those who actually read it declared his work some of the best they’ve ever encountered.
And a great story lies at its center, as Game focuses on the life and work of computer genius Alan Turing. The British chap has many accomplishments to his name, but is best-known for work in World War II, particularly the cracking of an Axis “Enigma Code” that many deem a huge help in ending the conflict. But when his closeted homosexuality was exposed, Turing’s life made a tragic turn — he was chemically castrated, then killed himself by eating a poisonous apple. (Rumor has it that this story affected a young computer nerd so much that, when starting his own company, he took a cue from the man’s final days and named said company after it as a sign of honor.) Descriptions of a darker King’s Speech sort of fall into place.
The Imitation Game should be a far different sort of venture than Headhunters, which only makes the film a great chance for Tyldum to step up to the plate. Before things roll any further, you might want to check out the former to see what he’s got to show for and what could come next.
Ampersand Pictures will also produce with Black Bear.
Is The Imitation Game still something you’d hope to see hit screens one day?