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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘The Current War’ Bought by 101

The Current War

Toronto International Film Festival

After being in limbo for slightly greater than a 12 months, “The Current War” has been picked up by David Glasser’s new firm 101 Studios.

The manufacturing firm, which Glasser launched in January, purchased the rights to the orphaned The Weinstein Co. venture for $three million.

Glasser stated in January that they have been negotiating for the rights to the movie.

“The Current War” stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, and follows the story of the cutthroat competitors between Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Shannon) over whose electrical system would energy the brand new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen deadly flaws in Edison’s direct present design. Igniting a battle of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla wager all the pieces on dangerous and harmful alternating present.

Nicholas Hoult additionally stars as Nikola Tesla. 101 Studios is eyeing an August launch for the movie, which was re-cut previous to the corporate stepping in for the rights.

The movie was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) from a script penned by playwright Michael Mitnick (“Sex Lives of Our Parents”).

“The Current War” was the speak of the Toronto International Film Festival two years in the past and was initially scheduled for an awards-friendly December 2017 launch earlier than getting pushed.

Since TWC filed for Chapter 11 chapter and subsequently bought to Lantern Capital for $298 million, “The Current War” has nearly been floating with out a residence.

Lantern stated after buying TWC’s property final 12 months that it could take into account any mixture of prospects for the unreleased completed movies, from promoting them off to releasing them in partnership.

In October, Lantern stated it had partnered with worldwide movie distribution and financing firm 13 Films to launch “The Current War” and the horror flick “Polaroid” abroad.

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