Columbia Acquires 'Moonwalking With Einstein' for Big-Screen Adaptation

Matt Tolmach is producing the project, based on Joshua Foer’s book about improving memory.

Columbia Pictures has acquired the screen rights to Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything for Matt Tolmach to produce.

Foer’s book, which was published earlier this month by Penguin Press, focuses on how to improve memory as Foer relates his real-life experience as a science journalist covering the U.S. Memory Championship, which he entered as a participant.

Moonwalking With Einstein will be ranked third on the upcoming New York Times hardback nonfiction best-seller list that will be released this weekend and currenly ranks second on’s best-seller list.

“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,” Columbia president Doug Belgrad said in announcing the acquisition.

Hannah Minghella and Rachel O'Connor will oversee development of the project at Columbia. Foer was represented by UTA and New York-based publishing agent Elyse Cheney.