Apr 7, 2011

Moonwalking with Einstein Will be Filmed by Columbia Pictures


The true story of a journalist who decides to participate in a competition testing the most acute memories in the United States will find its way to the big screen thanks to Columbia Pictures. They’ve just optioned the rights to the recently-released best seller Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. The book follows Foer, a science journalist covering the U.S. Memory Championships, who learns the tricks of the memory trade and decides to compete against the best of the best. Read more about the book and the film after the break.

In a news release, Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures said the following:

This is a very special book which transcends the already fascinating subject of memory. By explaining in personal and entertaining fashion a great deal about how our brains work, Joshua has written a book that sheds light on how memory is connected to humanity.

Added producer Matt Tolmach, who is currently producing The Amazing Spider-Man for the studio:

At a time in our lives where we have outsourced so much of our memory to technology, Josh goes on this incredible journey into the inner workings of our memory. What he discovers is stunningly universal and profound.

Moonwalking with Einstein Synopsis:

Moonwalking with Einstein chronicles Foer's real-life experience as a science journalist covering the US Memory Championship who decides to become a participant in the event. As he covers the competition, Foer is astounded to discover that those with the best memories aren't geniuses or savants but regular people who had trained their minds using ancient techniques. Though he's just a guy with an average memory, someone who can't remember where he put his car keys (or even his car), Foer shows that the tricks of the trade are available to anyone as he learns to harness his own brain power and win the memory competition.

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Matt Damon to Play Julian Assange


Hollywood actor Matt Damon has been named as the bookie's favourite to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a new film.

The 40-year-old Bourne star and Russell Crowe, 46, are reportedly first in line for the role, with odds of 6-1, followed by other big names including Jude Law and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Speculation about who will star in the film about the controversial website creator has been rife since Steven Spielberg won the screen rights to WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy.

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