In the last couple of years, few Black List screenplays have earned the kind of advance word akin to The Imitation Game. Scripted by Graham Moore, it’s a biopic centered on British genius Alan Turing, chronicling his instrumental work in helping the Allies win World War II. (Along with, no less, helping shape the technological landscape of the 20th century’s second half.) Leonardo DiCaprio was close to both starring and producing for director J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), though that all crumbled when the actor couldn’t find himself able to fully commit.
And, although Warner Bros. dropped it when the star made his exit, Deadline now report that Black Bear Pictures are going to provide a home for The Imitation Game; Blakeson is, presumably still attached, given his previously-stated devotion. Regardless of helmer, however, Moore‘s screenplay has a) earned enough pre-production acclaim and b) enough of a fascinating story at its core — when you know Turing’s history, that could make for a dark pun, I guess — to justify the maintaining of hopes. Even as some hands are switched at this point in time, I have little reason to think this can’t turn out great.
Even without DiCaprio or a big studio, will you keep eyes peeled for where The Imitation Game goes next?
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