Towards the end of last year it was revealed Warner Bros had picked up a script about gay codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing, with an eye to making a biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In March, director J. Blakeson (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed) came onboard to helm the film, called The Imitation Game.
However, it now appears Warner has dropped the movie after DiCaprio stated he was no longer interested in playing the lead role, according to The Wrap. It seems Warner believes the film needs a a-list star attached as it doesn’t just just telling the story of Turing’s heroic attempts to crack the various Nazi codes during World War II and his work that led to the birth of the computer revolution, but also covers his homosexuality and how after the war he was prosecuted for being gay, chemically castrated and is eventually believed to have taken his own life (although some believe his death was actually a tragic accident).
This isn’t necessarily the end of the movie, as Blakeson remains attached and now other studios and production companies will have the opportunity to snap it up. Blakeson is apparently trying to repackage the film, which may involve getting another star attached, and then sell it to a new home. Turing definitely deserves a biopic, as he led a truly incredible life, much of which went unreported for decades due to the secrecy around his wartime work, but is now finally getting the recognition it deserves.