15 items from 2010
The latest venture, dubbed Electric Boy Genius, is about a “real life Doogie Howser” named Ryan Patterson, a child prodigy with a passion and a knack for engineering. The Colorado native mastered electronics at an early age when he began entering scientific competitions to challenge himself. He invented the Sleuthbot, an autonomous search robot, and by the age of 17 had engineered the American Sign Language Translator, a customizable computer system and special glove (pictured right) that translates the movements of the signer into a digital text display.
His invention earned him top honors at various science fairs, a full-ride scholarship, and a Junior Nobel Prize before Patterson went to work at Lockheed Martin in an aerospace robotics »
- Jeff Leins
John Lee Hancock will direct the biopic "Electric Boy Genius" for Disney. According to Variety, Doug Wright ("Quills") is writing the script, based on a 2002 GQ article that profiled Ryan Patterson, an electricity genius who won the International Science and Engineering Fair in 2001. Andrew Corsello wrote the GQ article. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi, who produced Disney's "Secretariat," will produce the film. Hancock previously directed "The Rookie" and "The Alamo." He also wrote the screenplays for two Clint Eastwood films, "A Perfect World" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."His surprise football drama hit "The Blind Side," released last year by Warner. Bros., has put him at the top of most studios' coveted directors lists. »
- Adnan Tezer
Doug Wright ("Quills") is penning the script based on a 2002 GQ article by Andrew Corsello. The story follows Ryan Patterson, a wunderkind of electricity who won the Intl. Science and Engineering Fair in 2001.
- Garth Franklin
Walt Disney Pictures has hired The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock to direct biopic Electric Boy Genius , reports Variety . Doug Wright ( Quills ) is writing the script for the film that is based on a 2002 GQ article profiling Ryan Patterson, an electricity guru who won the International Science and Engineering Fair in 2001. Andrew Corsello wrote the story. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi will produce. Hancock previously wrote and directed The Rookie and The Alamo . »
Disney has attached "The Blind Side" director John Lee Hancock to helm "Electric Boy Genius," which is written by Doug Wright (Quills) and is based on a 2002 GQ article. The true story revolves around Ryan Patterson, an electrical engineering genius who was wiring his house before he was even in kindergarten. By high school he was making complex robots, and he even invented an electronic sign language translator (pictured). The article focuses on Patterson's entry into the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which he won. That got him a job working in aerospace robotics for Lockheed Martin. »
John Lee Hancock, who directed last year’s Best Picture nominee The Blind Side, has signed on to helm Electric Boy Genius for Disney. The film is based on a 2002 GQ article written by Andrew Corsello, which tells the story of Ryan Patterson. Described by Deadline as a “real life Doogie Howser,” Patterson was already “building robots by the time he was in high school and developing innovations like an electronic sign-language translator.”
In 2001, Patterson won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which landed him a job working in aerospace robotics for Lockheed Martin. Screenwriter Doug Wright (Quills), who has also won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for his theater work, will write the script. »
- Ramses Flores
The script for the film is being written by Doug Wright (Quills), and is based on a real life child genius of electrical engineering. The story for the film is based on a 2002 GQ article by Andrew Corsello about a boy named Ryan Patterson.
While in diapers, he was stuffing knives into electrical sockets and learning the power of electricity the hard way. After he watched his father do wiring work on the family home, the youth mastered the principles of electrical flow. He was building robots by the time he was in high school and developing innovations like an electronic sign-language translator.
The article goes on to talk about Patterson's entry into the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which he won. »
Exclusive: Disney has attached The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock to helm Electric Boy Genius, a film that will be scripted by Doug Wright about a real life Doogie Howser of electrical engineering. The film is based on a 2002 GQ article that Disney optioned years ago about Ryan Patterson. While in diapers, he was stuffing knives into electrical sockets and learning the power of electricity the hard way. After he watched his father do wiring work on the family home, the youth mastered the principles of electrical flow. He was building robots by the time he was in high school and developing innovations like an electronic sign-language translator. The GQ article, written by Andrew Corsello, told of Patterson's entry into the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which he won. That got him a job working in aerospace robotics for Lockheed Martin. Mayhem's Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Gershwin fans, “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” but according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto has been picked by Dreamworks to play the role of George Gershwin in a musical biopic based on the New York songwriter. Composer of many jazz standards, along with brilliant pieces like “Rhapsody in Blue” and various Broadway musicals, Gershwin died at the age of 38 on July 11, 1937.
The studio has apparently been supplying Quinto with dialogue and accent coaches, to help him prepare for a tentative shooting date that could be as early as April 2010.
At the same time, it is said that director Steven Spielberg has been considering his own involvement with the film. As some of you may know, he was originally supposed to direct a remake of the Jimmy Stewart movie Harvey for Dreamworks, »
- Nick Allen
I'm stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years — no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while. I want to invite [my fans] along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling.
Quinto's "stepping away" has led to confusion and speculation amongst his fans, so Quinto tried to ease their worries over whether he would return as Spock in an announcement on his website.
i have been inundated with questions and confusion about a comment i made during an interview with wired — about the new atari Star Trek online game — in which i said i am stepping away from Trek for the next two years. obviously i »
- Ryan Gowland
Zachary Quinto was one of the stars of 2009 hit Star Trek, and he's made his name on a NBC series that used to be popular, Heroes, but he's not yet an all-caps Movie Star. That might change sooner than you think, though. Before he straps back on the Spock ears for Star Trek 2, Quinto may star for Steven Spielberg in a biopic of George Gershwin, the famous composer who wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows with his brother Ira before he died in 1937 at age 38. Deadline Hollywood reports that the Gershwin biopic is one of several that Spielberg is eyeing, now that Harvey is cancelled and apparently the guy is just never going to make that Lincoln biopic. Production could start as soon as April once Spielberg makes up his mind, with a script from Doug Wright, who wrote Quills, I Am My Own Wife and the stage »
Looks like Zachary Quinto won't be stepping onto the USS Enterprise anytime soon. Instead, he's busy gearing up to star in DreamWorks' biopic about Broadway composer, George Gershwin. Written by Doug Wright (Quills), the film will follow the life of Gershwin who, before his death at 38 from a brain tumor, composed music for more than a dozen Broadway musicals, including Funny Face and Strike Up the Band. According to Deadline, shooting on the film may begin as early as April, and DreamWorks is already invested enough in Quinto as Gershwin that they're offering him accent and dialogue coaches to better help him replicate Gershwin's early-20th-century, Brooklyn accent. As for who will direct the project, a DreamWorks insider reportedly told Deadline that Steven Spielberg, who recently dropped out of directing Harvey, was considering the job but that two other films are competing for his attention. Source: Deadline »
There have been a few projects that Steven Spielberg could choose as his next film ever since he dropped out of the Harvey remake. Now we hear that it could be a biopic about George Gershwin, which Dreamworks (the studio where Spielberg resides) acquired last year. And we also get word that Zachary Quinto might be playing the late composer and pianist.
Deadline Hollywood reports the news that Spock/Sylar (”Spylar”) will play Gershwin in the untitled biopic (we’re simply referring to it as George Gershwin until we hear otherwise). Gershwin was a composer and pianist who, with his brother Ira, was responsible for a dozen Broadway plays before he died at the young age of 38 in 1937. His music spanned all sorts of genres and even today you should at least recognize his most famous pieces (such as “Rhapsody in Blue”).
Dreamworks is reportedly supplying a voice coach for »
- Ross Miller
Last week, "Star Trek" fans were momentarily ruffled when Zachary Quinto revealed that he'll be taking a two-year hiatus from all things "Trek." Given his fantastic portrayal of Spock in J.J. Abrams' May '09 reboot, the revelation caused a little bit of a ruckus.
Quinto later clarified, reaffirming his commitment to the franchise in a post on his personal blog. The guy just wants to make sure that, coming off of "Trek" and sci-fi TV series "Heroes," he isn't pigeon-holed as a genre player. Can you really blame him? Now there's word that Quinto may be settling in for a much more grounded blockbuster: a George Gershwin biopic for none other than Steven Spielberg.
The news comes from Deadline Hollywood, who have it on the authority of "a DreamWorks insider." Spielberg is apparently anxious to work again after last year's "Harvey" fakeout, and plans have reportedly progressed far enough »
- Adam Rosenberg
Star Trek and Heroes star Zachary Quinto has been cast in the title role of a new biopic about the life of famed composer and pianist George Gershwin, reports Deadline Hollywood. The project is supposedly one of three that Steven Spielberg is looking to direct next.
Along with his brother Ira, George Gershwin was responsible for more than a dozen Broadway shows before dying at the young age of 38 in 1937.
According to the site, the studio is supplying accent and dialogue coaches for Quinto.
An official announcement could come later this week, when it will be decided whether or not Spielberg will direct, or merely produce. »
15 items from 2010
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