Morten Tyldum, the Scandinavian director of Headhunters, has signed on to direct one of the hottest spec script sales in a long time: The Imitation Game by Graham Moore.
The script focuses on the true life story of British mathematician Alan Turing who is the one person most responsible for singlehandedly helping the Allies defeat the Germans in WWII by cracking the Nazi’s “Enigma Code.”
Alan Turing was later prosecuted for being a homosexual and ended up killing himself.
The Imitation Game landed as the number one most-liked un-produced script on last year’s Black List (as voted on by executives across Hollywood). The spec script originally sold to Warner Bros. for a massive seven-figure sum with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star as Turing.
Now it looks like the project has an entirely new set of producers, and will have to find someone else to star.
They have Tyldum as a director, which is a solid start to seeing Imitation Game hit theaters.
Source: Deadline NY