Farhad Safinia (writer of Gibson’s Apocalyptco) will write and direct the film which Gibson has been trying to bring to the screen for the last 20 years. Voltage Pictures will finance the pic which will be produced by Bruce Davey.
According to Deadline:
‘’Gibson will play 19th century professor James Murray, who started to compile the Oxford English Dictionary. Penn will play Dr. W.C. Minor, who contributed thousands of entries to the hugely ambitious literary project but also was an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.’’
Sounds like this is one to look out for.
Gibson always has a magnetic screen presence. And for his co-star, if anyone can play a madman who dabbles in dictionary definitions, it’s the person who thought that marrying Madonna and making Shanghai Surprise in the space of a calendar year made perfect sense (that’s Sean Penn if you’re slow at keeping up).
Keep reading Movies In Focus for more on for Professor and the Madman.