A biopic of Alan Turing is long overdue, but has probably been a long time coming as the film world was scared off by his sexuality and the rather tragic end to his tale. However a few months ago Warner Bros. bought the spect script The Imitiation Game, which is about Turing, and at the time Leo Dicaprio was said to have the inside track on the main role.
Now Variety reports that J. Blakeson has come onboard to direct The Imitation Game, although there’s no word on whether DiCaprio is still involved. Blakeson wrote the screenplay for The Descent Part 2, but really made waves writing and directing The Disappearance Of Alice Creed.
Graham Moore’s script is about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing. ‘Informed’ by Andrew Hodges’ biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma, the film will look at the shy man who is now seen by many as the father of modern computing. His work led to the creation of some of the first computers, which were used to help the Allies decode German communications during WWII. However due to the sensitive nature of his work, his contribution wasn’t officially recognised for many years.
Indeed, rather than being praised by his country, he was persecuted for being gay, which led to depression, the destruction of his career and him eventually killing himself by eating a cyanide-laced apple. In 2009 PM Gordon Brown made an official apology for the way he was treated, although his convictions for being gay still stand.
Hopefully there’ll be news soon on whether Leo will play Turing, or if the role has gone to someone else.