Brain trust enlisted for Rudin’s ‘Einstein’

Pic adapted from Paterniti book about roadtrip

Paramount Pictures-based producer Scott Rudin has tapped veteran biopic scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to adapt the nonfiction book “Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein’s Brain.”

Penned by Michael Paterniti, “Driving Mr. Albert” chronicles the unlikely yet true story of a cross-country road trip taken by the author — then a freelance journalist with a bad case of writer’s block — and an 84-year-old pathologist, Thomas Harvey, who performed Einstein’s autopsy in 1955. Harvey had removed the brain of the renowned scientist and took it home as a sort of souvenir, storing it in a Tupperware bowl filled with formaldehyde.

The book documents the 10 days that the author spent as he drove Harvey cross-country from New Jersey to California, where he planned to show the brain to Einstein’s daughter and a group of high school students.

Rudin optioned the book last spring, shortly before its publication (Daily Variety, March 31, 2000).

Paterniti based the book on his own October 1997 Harper’s magazine article, which won the 1997 National Magazine Award for feature writing.

Alexander and Karaszewski wrote the screenplays for the biopics “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Man on the Moon.” They are repped by Endeavor.

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