Director Morten Tyldum and writer Graham Moore, the team behind “The Imitation Game,” are attached to a film adaptation of Moore’s upcoming novel “The Last Days Of Night” which is currently out to financiers. Also onboard are Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky as producers.
The film will deal with the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over plans to bring electricity to America, with the film essentially working as a courtroom drama. With Edison winning the race to the patent office, he sues his only remaining rival George Westinghouse for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars.
To defend himself, Westinghouse hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath who must go up against the formidable, wily, and dangerous Edison and so takes greater and greater risks. Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Stanford White and other technological titans of the late 19th century are also a part of the story which hopes to excite buyers.
This isn’t linked to “The Current War,” the competing project about the same rivalry that’s in the works at The Weinstein Company and has ‘Imitation Game’ star Benedict Cumberbatch linked to playing Edison, Jake Gyllenhaal for the Westinghouse role and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) attached to direct.