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Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to team up in 'Genius'

Film would dramatize the exciting, exciting process of editing prose

By Corwin Neuse Nov 2, 2012 11:52AM
Great news, everybody! According to Deadline, Michael Fassbender has agreed to bless Colin Firth with his presence in "Genius," a biopic of sorts about the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe and his editor, Max Perkins. Prolific screenwriter John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai," "Rango," "Skyfall," the upcoming "Noah," as well as the next two James Bond movies) will adapt the script from A. Scott Berg's supposedly award-winning biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius." English majors and otherwise literate people everywhere may rejoice at the news, that their favorite pastime, taking a ungainly mishmash of unsightly words and rearranging them into slightly more beautiful sentences—i.e., the exotic, heretofore inscrutable process of "editing"—will finally be getting its proper due, the grand Hollywood treatment.

Who will play Thomas Wolfe, and who Max Perkins, though? Could the infinitely talented Michael Fassbender somehow play both parts, leaving Firth, a mere Oscar-winner, to fill in the gaps as every other character? Will "Genius" do for the creative process what "A Beautiful Mind" did to schizophrenia and college-level mathematics? Only time will tell. More details as they become available...
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