You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Schwentke gets HBO’s ‘Lobotomist’

'Time Traveler's' helmer tapped for drama pilot

Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script.

Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy.

Thomsen will co-exec produce and Aaron Criswell is set as a co-producer.

Inspired by the meteoric rise and fall of Dr. Walter Freeman, “The Lobotomist” tells the story of one man’s quest to change the world through a new, experimental brain surgery. However, when this maverick doctor is willing to go to any lengths to achieve his goals, his life careens out of control — from the highs of international recognition to the tabloids, with the history of mental health care, changed in his wake.

Pilot, which may eventually turn into a series, is based on the book “The Lobotomist” by author Jack El-Hai.

The project came about when DiCaprio, “Shutter Island” exec producer and writer Kalogridis, and producer Fischer were working on the Martin Scorsese film and gravitated toward El-Hai’s book while researching the history of lobotomy. Mythology optioned the book and, together with DiCaprio and his production shingle, Appian Way, took it to HBO.

More Film

  • Oscar-Nominated Film Editor Edward Abroms Dies

    Oscar-Nominated Film Editor Edward Abroms Dies at 82

    Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy. Thomsen will […]

  • Sam Rockwell

    Film News Roundup: Sam Rockwell to Voice Gorilla in Angelina Jolie's 'One and Only Ivan'

    Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy. Thomsen will […]

  • Meryl Streep Harvey Weinstein Jennifer Lawrence

    Harvey Weinstein Apologizes for Citing Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence in Legal Defense

    Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy. Thomsen will […]

  • Berlin 2018 Review: Sunday's Illness

    Berlin Film Review: 'Sunday's Illness'

    Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy. Thomsen will […]

  • Goosebumps Sequel Cast

    'Goosebumps' Sequel Sets Ensemble Cast

    Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy. Thomsen will […]

  • Jodie Foster Sterling K Brown

    Jodie Foster-Sterling K. Brown's 'Hotel Artemis' Gets Distribution

    Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy. Thomsen will […]

  • Alexandre Desplat

    Will Alexandre Desplat Take Home Another Oscar? A History of Score Wins

    Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot “The Lobotomist,” with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke, who helmed “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” will also exec produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis of Mythology Entertainment, and Mike Medavoy. Thomsen will […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content