Lionsgate Secures Einstein's Pandora Movie - The Last Equation
In addition to Giovanni Ribisi's upcoming Albert Einstein focused film, another Einstein project has popped up - this time about his work, not the man himself. Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the novel The Last Equation, the debut book from screenwriter Stuart Gibbs. The story focuses on the mystery of Einstein's last equation known as Pandora and the power it potentially contained. I'm not exactly sure why, but anything involving Einstein and Hollywood always has me intrigued.
The Last Equation is set in the present day as the government is forced to enlist the help of a fugitive criminal and mathematical genius to find Pandora before it falls into the wrong hands. Pandora was Einstein's last equation that had the potential to solve the world's energy problems, but so drastically simplified the process of harnessing atomic energy that it essentially made it possible for anyone to create atomic weaponry. Because of the risks, Einstein either hid or destroyed the equation before his death.
Lionsgate's president of film production Mike Paseornek explains his enthusiasm. "Stuart Gibbs has written a novel that has everything you need for a first-rate action-thriller, starting with an ingenious premise about a mathematical formula that could either save the world or destroy it." No word on whether Stuart Gibbs will be adapting his own novel into a script yet or whether another writer will be hired.
As I mentioned before, there is something about Albert Einstein and mathematics that intrigues me. I think it's the possibility for sophisticated plots that involve "figuring things out" for yourself instead of just seeing things presented in their entirety. Either way, the story in The Last Equation sounds very promising. I'm just worried that Lionsgate will turn it into a big pile of mush like Condemned or that Jet Li movie War. I'm definitely hoping for the best and I think a good start would be getting Gibbs to also write screenplay - so take note Lionsgate execs!