I've Been Caught In A Mind Riot: Leonardo DiCaprio Options The Lobotomist
Otherwise know as lobotomizing them. Demonized as a terrible form of science gone awry now, lobotomy was hailed as a revolutionary, if controversial, technique. At the forefront of it all was Dr. Walter Freeman, who developed the lobotomy and was the champion of the procedure. A book, entitled The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness, written by Jack El-Hai, has been optioned by writer Laeta Kalogridis, producer Brad Fischer and actor Leonardo Dicaprio -- the three became fascinated by the book while working on Shutter Island together.
Oddly, it appears that it will not be a film, but rather a drama for HBO. It will tell of Freeman's development of the technique in 1935, and how he went on to perform literally thousands of lobotomies, all while juggling a chaotic personal life. The script has been written by Daniel Thomsen (whose main credits include a few television episodes) and will be directed by Robert Schwenke (Red, R.I.P.D.). No casting has begun yet. If handled well, it could turn out to be a riveting, yet also horrifying, production.
For even more information, you can read our CBR review of My Lobotomy by Howard Dully, who was an actual patient of Freeman's.
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