Wayne Wang to Helm Albert Einstein Biopic from Writer Ron Bass
It was announced today by Hollywood Studios International that Chinese director Wayne Wang (of films like The Joy Luck Club, Anywhere But Here, Maid in Manhattan, Because of Winn-Dixie and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan previously) will direct a new Albert Einstein biopic from a screenplay written by Oscar winning screenwriter Ron Bass (of Rain Man, The Joy Luck Club, What Dreams May Come, Entrapment, My Best Friend's Wedding). Producers are considering shooting the film in Germany and various locations around Europe. The search for the lead actor to play Albert Einstein will commence in the coming weeks.
The film, tentatively titled Einstein, tells the true inspirational story of the trials, tragedies and vindication of the single-most celebrated scientist of the 20th century. Torn between the burdens of a family and pursuit of unlocking the mysteries of the universe, he not only achieved unparalleled stature as a genius but he also changed the world forever - at no small cost to himself and those around him. "People don't know about his struggles with poverty, his dyslexia, his love for music, his relationships with the women in his life, his persecution by the Nazis and his battle to deal with living in the public eye… Ron's screenplay peels back the layers and allows us to see past Einstein the scientist and Einstein the celebrity, showing us Einstein the man," said Hero Pictures' Koldo Eguren. Love that quote, it genuinely makes me excited to see this made.
The Einstein project originally came through Golan Ramras (My Apocalypse, Snuff) who will produce the film, through his Go Long Productions banner, with Paul Schiff at Hollywood Studios International. We've been hearing about Einstein biopics for years and years, but I'm glad to see one actually come together. I just hope it won't be as dull and boring as Jon Amiel's Creation, about Charles Darwin. I am actually really looking forward to this, mostly because I think it will be fascinating to get a closer look at Einstein. And it's especially great to know that it's in the hands of an experienced, award-winning director like Wayne Wang.