Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth Join a 'Genius' New Indie Drama
Even people who don't know much about literature have heard of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe, but do you also recognize the name Max Perkins? Probably not. He's the editor that worked with all three literary legends, and he's getting his own film called Genius that explores Perkins' real life relationship with Thomas Wolfe. Sean Penn was set to play the lead role a couple of years ago, but now Variety reports that part will be played by recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, and Michael Fassbender will play Wolfe. In addition, Hugo writer John Logan adapted Perkins' biography. Read on!
We don't know much more about the project, other than that it will depict Perkins as a man who "served these authors not only as editor extraordinaire but also as critic, psychoanalyst, father-confessor, and devoted friend." Michael Grandage is directing, and since IMDB only points to one man with that name, we have to assume they're referring to the actor and that this will be his directorial debut. He's an award-winning theatre director, so it'll be interesting to see if he can make the jump from stage to screen.
We're not sure if this is a typo in Variety's report, but they claim filming will start in early 2014. That's a long time for a project to sit idly by, so if that start date holds true, we expect there to be even more shakeups with this project before it finally makes its way to theaters. But if by some miracle the in-demand Fassbender and Firth stay attached for over a year, it'll be fascinating to watch them play out this complicated relationship on film. Interested?