'The Blind Side' Director to Helm 'Electric Boy Genius' for Disney

November 10, 2010
Source: Deadline

Ryan Patterson

He may not have received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, but since John Lee Hancock had his 2009 film The Blind Side included amongst the ten Best Picture nominees, that has to count for something. Now the filmmaker has lined up his next project as Deadline reports Hancock is attached to direct Electric Boy Genius for Disney. Based on a 2002 GQ article, the film will tell the story of Ryan Patterson, a kid who grew up fascinated by robotics and electricity who invented an electronic sign-language device which uses sensors in a glove to translate different hand movements into letters on a screen. Did I mention he did this at just 17 years old? Read on!

Apparently Patterson learned about the electrical current by stuffing knives into electrical outlets when he was just a toddler. While most kids who stick metal into electrical outlets likely don't turn out as well, Patterson seems to be a sort of child prodigy. Doug Wright will script the story about the kid who has been called the Doogie Howser of electrical engineering after winning the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and shortly thereafter getting a job in the aerospace robotics division of Lockheed Martin. Sounds like quite an interesting story, and Disney, who made his directorial debut at the Mouse House with The Rookie, is likely hoping for some Best Picture love when the time comes. Interested?

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