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Wayne Wang to direct Einstein biopic

Ron Bass penning script, Paul Schiff producing

Wayne Wang has signed to direct an Albert Einstein biopic from a script by Ron Bass, with Paul Schiff producing for Hollywood Studios Intl.

Project came through Golan Ramras, who will also produce through his Go Long Prods. banner.

Schiff collaborated previously as a producer with Wang on “Maid in Manhattan,” with Wang directing for Sony and Revolution.

Producers may shoot the pic, tentatively titled “Einstein,” in Germany. Casting for the lead role will begin in the coming weeks.

HSI chairman-CEO Steven Saxton will exec produce along with HSI Films prexy Eric Christenson and Hero Pictures’ Koldo Eguren.

HSI Films will handle worldwide sales on “Einstein” and begin pre-sales at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Einstein received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921 for his discovery of the theory of general relativity. He escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933 and became an American citizen in 1940.

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“People don’t know about his struggles with poverty, his dyslexia, his love for music, his relationships with the women in his life, his persecution by the Nazis and his battle to deal with living in the public eye and being under constant scrutiny,” Eguren said. “Ron’s screenplay peels back the layers and allows us to see past Einstein the scientist and Einstein the celebrity, showing us Einstein the man.”

Bass’s credits include “Rain Man,” “Entrapment” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”Schiff recently joined forces with HSI in a deal that includes bringing in material and projects through his Paul Schiff Prods. His first project at HSI is the heist thriller “Masterwork,” with Jon Amiel directing (Daily Variety, Feb. 8).

Schiff has more than two dozen producing credits, including “Rushmore,” “Solitary Man,” “Mona Lisa Smile” and “My Cousin Vinny.”

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