Random House has acquired North American publishing rights to Graham Moore’s “The Last Days of Wonder” for an undisclosed price, a month after Moore won the adapted screenplay Oscar for “The Imitation Game.”
As with Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game,” the novel deals with issues of the creation of new technology. “The Last Days of Wonder,” set in 1880s New York, centers on the $1 billion lawsuit brought by Thomas Edison against George Westinghouse over the invention of the light bulb.
The story is told through the eyes of Westinghouse’s attorney, Paul Cravath.
“Paul seemed to have faced professionally, with the highest possible stakes on the line, the very same issues that I’d been thinking about so much personally: What does it mean to create things for a living? What does it mean to say that you’ve ‘invented’ something? How do people who create things relate to those who don’t, and vice versa?” Moore said.
Moore made waves for his passionate acceptance speech at the Oscars, disclosing that he had attempted suicide as a teen.
Moore recently adapted “The Devil in the White City” for Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio, and he is writing original television pilots for HBO with director Michael Mann and U.K. channel Sky Atlantic with director Marc Forster. His debut novel, “The Sherlockian,” was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 15 languages.
ICM Partners represented the book rights.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.