BREAKING: Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs has acquired the 2011 Black List script The Current War scripted by Michael Mitnick. Bekmambetov acquired it to direct. He most recently wrapped Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which Fox releases June 22. Mitnick is currently writing the libretto for the Broadway-bound stage musical adaptation of the 1978 film Animal House.
The Current War chronicles the true-life public battle fought between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse for domination of the early power industry. Bazelevs’ President of Development Michele Wolkoff will oversee the project for Bazelevs. The project was brought in to the company by Bazelevs’ creative exec Alan Khamoui. Bazelevs will fund it through its development fund, similar to the way Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter got put together.
Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch will executive produce through Film Rites. Mitnick’s latest play Ed, Downloaded, will premiere at the Denver Center in 2013. His last play, Sex Lives Of Our Parents, was presented by Second Stage Theatre in NYC. Mitnick is repped by WME and Jeff Silver at Fourth Floor Productions. Bekmambetov is repped by WME.