“Darkest Hour” star Gary Oldman will direct and star in ”Flying Horse”, the true story of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who helped develop the moving picture, but whose own dark moments defined his life. Oldman, hot off his Oscar win, penned the screenplay.
Oldman’s producing partner Doug Urbanski is producing with Tucker Tooley, whose Tooley Entertainment is financing.
“This project has been a passion of Gary’s for some time, and I am thrilled to reunite with him to bring this compelling story to the big screen,” said Tooley.
Said Oldman and Urbanski in a joint statement: “We long to make good movies, and that means good stories—and there are few stories as good as these events. Launching the first feature from our newly formed production company, Flying Studios, with Tucker makes the entire thing very special for us. We could not wish for a more supportive or collaborative partner.” (Deadline)
“Daredevil” director Mark Steven Johnson is set to direct a film based on American composer George Antheil.
“Radiant”, based on Antheil’s autobiography “Bad Boy of Music”, centers around early 20th century musical radical and multi-hyphenate Antheil and his unlikely friendship with movie star Hedy Lamarr. Despite their day jobs in entertainment, the two possessed an intense desire to defeat the Nazis and thus invented and patented a secret communications system in 1941 which sketched out the principle of frequency hopping which is used in most cell phones today. Their invention proved crucial to the development of modern communications as we know it, paving the way for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi technology itself.
Casting for the project begins in June. (Deadline)