Toronto: Hot 'Imitation Game' Director Boards Conspiracy Pic 'Pattern Recognition' (Exclusive)
The project is based on a novel by best-selling cyberpunk author William Gibson
As Morten Tyldum heads into the Toronto Film Festival with one of the hottest films via The Imitation Game, the Norwegian director has signed on to helm New Regency's conspiracy film Pattern Recognition.
Based on a novel by best-selling cyberpunk author William Gibson (Neuromancer), the project is being produced by Elisabeth Murdoch's London-based Shine Pictures, which produced the Toronto market title Spooks: The Greater Good, starring Kit Harrington.
Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) is adapting the film, which centers on a marketing consultant with a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols who is hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted to the Internet, which leads to the uncovering of a larger conspiracy.
Shine's Ollie Madden is producing Pattern Recognition.
Tyldum's English-language debut The Imitation Game, which premieres Tuesday night at the festival, is already poised as a major awards-season contender from The Weinstein Co. The Benedict Cumberbatch starrer chronicles the true story of Alan Turing, a British mathematician and genius code-breaker who helped the Allies defeat the Nazis in World War II. But Turing was never celebrated for his efforts and instead was tried and convicted for being gay and committed suicide. TWC screened the film for Academy members and press last week in Los Angeles, where it received an enthusiastic response.
Thanks to the buzz surrounding Imitation Game, Tyldum has become one of the most in-demand European helmers. He is also attached to direct Chain of Events at Warner Bros. His Norwegian-language thriller Headhunters is the highest-grossing film in that country's history and has been eyed for English-language remake rights.
He is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and attorney Michael Schenkman.