I’ve urged before that the heartbreaking life of Alan Turing would make a crushing biographical movie. By the same logic that insists that the world does not exist until I open my eyes in the morning, I think we can assume that such urging has paid direct dividends. The Imitation Game, which is a script that has been sitting on the so-called blacklist of the best screenplays on the market that no one has picked up yet, is moving forward for actual production with Black Bear Pictures, an independent group that is planning on making the film and then looking for distribution after the fact (and presumably after a festival circuit run to stoke some interest).
We shouldn’t get terribly excited, as the film has a history of starting to almost kind of be made with people being attached, before the house of cards flutters down again. But if we can’t get prematurely excited on the Internet about rumors and hearsay, then where can we?
Black Bear has brought on Morten Tyldum, who in addition to having a glorious name that would feel at home wielding an ax in Middle Earth, also directed last year’s fantastic Headhunters.
There is no word yet on anything else. No actors or release date. But Graham Moore, writer of the script, is also going to be the executive producer. I choose to believe that this is a good thing, that the writer in the driver’s seat bodes well for the film’s narrative.