Scandinavian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) has come onboard to direct the long in development “The Imitation Game” at Ampersand Pictures and Black Bear Pictures.
Graham Moore’s Black List script is a biopic of Alan Turing, an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the Second World War. He was also one of the earliest to explore the biological process of morphogenesis.
J. Blakeson (“The Disappearance of Alice Creed”) was previously in negotiations to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio was said to be interested in play Turing back when the project was setup at Warner Bros. Pictures. That studio let it go a few months ago.
Teddy Schwarzman, Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky will produce. The expectation is that Black Bear will fully finance the project and won’t lock down a distribution deal until after it has begun production.
The late Steve Jobs was once asked by beloved intellectual Stephen Fry about the long-running urban legend that the logo for his company Apple was designed in honor of Turing. Jobs responded “God, we wish it were.”