Polsky lands Einstein rights

Biographer signs on as consultant

Polsky Films has licensed film rights to the life story of Albert Einstein and signed biographer Walter Isaacson (“Einstein: His Life and the Universe”) as a consultant.

Banner announced the deal Monday with Corbis, which reps the Hebrew U. of Jerusalem, the beneficiary of Einstein’s intellectual estate and owner of Einstein’s rights. Pact provides for consultation with experts from the Albert Einstein Archives of the Hebrew U., which holds the late scientist’s personal and professional papers.

Polsky Films, headed by Alan and Gabe Polsky, plan to focus on Einstein’s personal triumphs in understanding space and time along with his struggles, such as being forced to flee Nazi Germany. Although Einstein became a global icon and was recognized as Time’s “Person of the Century” in 2000, he was reluctant to acknowledge his own legend and once quipped, “I am no Einstein.”

Martin Cribbs, director of rights representation for Corbis, said in a statement, “Over the years, we’ve received a number of inquiries, but Polsky Films’ proposal was the one that truly captures the essence of Einstein, an amazing yet complex individual.”

Isaacson’s book is to be released by Simon & Schuster later this month and will include information from the 3,500 pages of letters that were recently released by the university, 20 years after the death of the scientist’s stepdaughter. Einstein was one of the founders of the Hebrew U. of Jerusalem.

Polsky Films recently announced teaming with Pressman Films to produce Chris Buckley’s “God Is My Broker,” with Peter Himmelstein adapting.

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