The Weinstein Co. is in early talks with the Michael Grandage Co. to produce “Genius,” the story of New York book editor Max Perkins. The film would mark the feature directorial debut of theater maven Michael Grandage.
“Genius” is a passion project from Tony-winning scribe John Logan, whose next pic, James Bond film “Skyfall,” opens in November.
Logan and Grandage have collaborated before, each winning Tony Awards for “Red,” which Grandage directed from a script by the former. Grandage’s new West End theater company also recently set Logan’s “Peter and Alice” — which Grandage will direct — as part of its opening season to begin in December.
“Genius” is an adaptation of A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.” Tome tells the story of During his tenure as editor-in-chief of Gotham publishing house Scribner, the eccentric Perkins oversaw books from some of the greatest writers of the 20th century, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Tom Wolfe.
Harvey Weinstein would produce with Logan in association with the Michael Grandage Co. They expect to go into pre-production on the film next year.
Grandage, a transcontinental stage veteran who is currently directing the Broadway revival of “Evita,” has also helmed “Frost/Nixon” and “Hamlet” with Jude Law.
“Genius” has had a number of iterations and was at one point tentatively set up with River Road, whose topper Bill Pohlad, had been discussed to helm. While several thesps have been floated to star, no actors are currently attached to the project.
CAA represents the Michael Grandage Co., Logan and Grandage.