Scott Rudin Developing Feature Film About Henry Molaison
by Alex Billington
February 4, 2009
Taking a cue from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Columbia Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (seen above) have acquired the rights to make a film based on the life of Henry Molaison. Molaison became known in medical circles as H.M. when he emerged from an experimental brain operation with a calamitous side effect - the removal of brain tissue during the procedure left him unable to form new memories. The studio just completed a deal for screen rights to a memoir being written by Dr. Suzanne Corkin, the doctor who worked with H.M. for 45 years. This should be very interesting to see come together.
The idea is to tell the story from the viewpoint of Dr. Corkin, who is a professor of behavioral neuroscience in the Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. After his surgery, H.M. could remember only things that occurred in his life and the world before the operation. Scientists used his misfortune to study the brain and memory, with H.M. serving as a willing patient for decades. This is the perfect kind of story for another Forrest Gump or Benjamin Button-like feature, where we get to see how the world changes around H.M. but also how tragic it is that he really never gets to remember any of these new experiences.
No writer has been secured for this project yet, although we can expect Rudin to find a pretty big name for this. As long as it's not Eric Roth, I'll be happy. And as for finding a director for this as well, they better get someone really unique or else this is destined to get lost in the mix of dramas these days.