Bad Robot Developing Edison Film

February 23, 2015

Thomas Edison

The success of some recent historical dramas has pushed some of Hollywood’s biggest names into producing their own. The latest announcement comes out of Bat Robot’s camp, the production company headed by J.J. Abrams.

The company plans to create a film about the life of Thomas Edison, one of history’s most prolific inventors. Edison has over 1,000 patents filed in the United States, and over 2,000 worldwide.

According to The Wrap, he will be portrayed as a rugged, eccentric genius.

The film may end up having to compete with another Edison biopic that is currently in the works. However, there has been no news about their project in quite some time.

Although this leaves a good chunk of the internet wondering when his rival, Nikola Tesla, is going to get some love from the film studios, it’s difficult to deny the impact that Edison has had on the course of history. He is even credit as being one of the fathers of cinema thanks to his invention of the motion picture camera.

Needless to say that filmmaking would not be where it is today, or anywhere at all, if it wasn’t for the inventor. As Edison can be a controversial figure, it will be interesting to see the film’s take on the man, especially if we do end up getting two competing films in the end.