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Fresh off his Oscar win for best adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham Moore has sold his next book, The Last Days of Wonder, to Random House in a seven-figure deal.
The Last Days of Wonder focuses on the early days of electricity, and the legal battle — a billion-dollar lawsuit brought by Thomas Edison against George Westinghouse — fought over the invention of the lightbulb. The story is told through the eyes of Westinghouse’s attorney, Paul Cravath. Random House will publish the book in fall 2016.
Moore won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for his screenplay for The Weinstein Co.’s The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. He adapted it based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
He gave a passionate acceptance speech about his struggles as a teen, revealing that he had attempted suicide. “Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message along,” he said.
Moore’s debut novel, The Sherlockian, was released in 2010, and made the New York Times best-seller list. He recently adapted Erik Larson‘s The Devil in the White City for Warner Bros.
ICM Partners, which sold the rights to Random House, is also handling the film rights for The Last Days of Wonder. But, in an interesting twist, there’s already a project about the early days of electricity and the battle between Edison and Westinghouse in development: The Weinstein Co. is developing The Current War, penned by playwright Michael Mitnick. So if Moore’s book does indeed get optioned for a film, it would be competing against The Weinstein Co., which released (and championed the awards campaign for) The Imitation Game.
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