Timur Bekmambetov Takes Thomas Edison's Historical 'Current War'
Currently the filmmaker is wrapping up his historical remix in the form of an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's action horror novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (watch the most recent trailer and featurette), but it looks a future project will keep Timur Bekmambetov grounded in real history. Variety has word the director has just picked up The Current War, a script from Michael Mitnick that made the Black List last year which takes a look at the real-life and publicly displayed race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to lead the power industry by creating the first sustainable electrical current.
Bekmambetov and his Bazelevs production banner bought the script with the intention of having the Wanted helmer direct it himself. And now that he's on board, the casting process will begin. In fact, before a director was even involved, apparently Sacha Baron Cohen was interested in playing Edision, in what could be his first straight-up dramatic role (depending on how serious he gets in Django Unchained this December). Either way, this is the kind of story that sounds like it could unfold in an interesting way.