director Morten Tyldum, has left the Norwegian-Danish production Tordenskiold
, the biopic about Peter Wessel Tordenskiold, in favor of making his international debut with another biopic - this one about about Alan Mathison Turing - titled The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game is based
on Graham Moore's book about the UK mathematician, logician,
crypto-analyst and computer scientist Alan Mathison Turing, who was
during WW2 head of Hut 2 at Bletchley Park, the code-breaking centre
that unravelled the settings of Germany's Enigma machine.
After the war, he worked in the
computer industry. A homosexual, he was prosecuted in 1952, and
accepted chemical castration to avoid prison. He committed suicide in
1954, by cyanide poisoning, aged 42. In 2009, British PM Gordon
Brown issued a public apology for "the appalling way he was
"It is an exciting, touching and
rather tragic story - a portrait of a genius, a war drama and a spy
thriller all in one," said Tyldum...
Originally Tyldum was going to make his international debut with Bastille Day, which was to star Ben Affleck, but that production has been put on hold since Affleck left the production. My only real exposure to Turing has come in novels like Neil Stephenson's The Diamond Age and Cryptonomicon so I find this a compelling project. Production is scheduled for April. The Norwegian producers of Tordenskiold are looking for a new director.
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