As J.J. Abrams continues post-production work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the filmmaker's company Bad Robot is developing a biopic on inventor Thomas Edison for Paramount Pictures. The Wrap reports that this currently untitled Thomas Edison Biopic will depict the inventor as "a rugged eccentric genius."
No specific story details were given, and it isn't known if Bad Robot has hired a screenwriter quite yet. Thomas Edison was known as The Wizard of Menlo Park, who introduced electricity to America and was also one of the first pioneers in the motion picture industry, creating the first motion-picture camera, along with the long-lasting light bulb and the phonograph. The inventor holds over 1,000 patents for his breakthrough inventions.
The project will be competing with The Weinstein Company's Thomas Edison biopic entitled The Current War, which has Ben Stiller attached to direct. The story follows Edison's rivalry with George Westinghouse, as they both worked to create a sustainable electricity system for the American public. That project hasn't seen much movement over the past year, though, and it's possible that this biopic could move forward first.
J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot also signed a three-year extension on their first-look deal with Paramount Pictures, which will run through July 2018. Here's what Paramount CEO Brad Grey had to say about the new deal in a statement.
"Through unrivaled imagination, talent and skill, J.J. has consistently entertained audiences around the world with his unique and creative approach to storytelling. Paramount takes an incredible amount of pride in our longtime partnership with J.J. and the entire Bad Robot team, and we look forward to being their home for many more years to come."
Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams also had this to say in his statement.
"I am so grateful to Brad Grey and all of Paramount for giving Bad Robot such a supportive, creative, and collaborative home. The whole Bad Robot Team looks forward to the coming years with our most excellent partners."
Paramount and Bad Robot are currently preparing Mission: Impossible 5 for its release on July 31, 2015. They are also in post-production on the thriller The Cellar, which stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Star Trek 3 is currently in pre-production under new director Justin Lin, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer for a July 2016 release.