Jeff Nichols to Direct True Story 'The Boy Who Played With Fusion'
by Ben Pearson
July 31, 2012
Take Shelter is one of the most powerful films I've seen in a long time, so naturally I'm excited to see director Jeff Nichols' follow-up movie Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon (Alex really enjoyed it at Cannes). But while we wait for that one to get a release date in the United States, Nichols is moving on to other projects. Deadline reports that Nichols is negotiating to direct The Boy Who Played With Fusion, a true story based on a Popular Science article that profiled Taylor Wilson, the 14-year-old genius who became the youngest person in human history to achieve nuclear fusion. Read on!
The story sounds fascinating, as it will detail Wilson's peculiar upbringing (he asked for a construction crane for his sixth birthday and was memorizing the periodic table at age 10) as his parents encouraged his thirst for knowledge. When Wilson's grandmother got cancer, he essentially tried to find the cure by isolating certain isotopes and later utilized those findings as a way to uncover dirty bombs in shipping containers. It's a pretty incredible story of an Arkansas kid who built a nuclear laboratory in his parents' garage, and I'm really interested to see what Nichols will do with a story explores a different element of the male psyche than he did with Take Shelter. Nichols certainly knows how to keep you thinking long after you leave the theater, so with the right script and some solid casting, we could be in for something really special.