J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is working on a movie dramatizing the life of legendary inventor Thomas Edison, according to several sources who know about the film, reports TheWrap.
Bad Robot is J.J. Abrams’ and Bryan Burk’s production company. Its part of Paramount Pictures, and its headquartered on Paramount’s lot. Neither Paramount or Mr. Burk opted to comment after multiple requests.
Thomas Edison (who was dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”) will be portrayed as the ruthless and bizarre inventor of the motion picture camera, which makes him one of the most widely acclaimed “fathers of cinema.” Mr. Edison also invented the first commercial incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, a stock ticker, a battery for a electric car, and many other devices that have shaped how we live today.
A competing film on Mr. Edison’s life, called The Current War, is being filmed by the Weinstein Company. The movie will recount Mr. Edison’s campaign against George Westinghouse to make direct current (DC) the most widely used form of electrical power distribution. Mr. Westinghouse heavily publicized alternating current (AC), which was Nikola Tesla’s electric supply system.
Bad Robot is also producing Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which is set to release in December 2015. Films, Mission: Impossible V and The Cellar are also lined up to be released soon by Bad Robot. It’s also about to start producing Justin Lin’s Star Trek 3.