Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Current War Gets October Release Date
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison drama, The Current War, has been picked up and re-scheduled for an October release date. The film was actually shot in 2016, and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival the year after. However, because it was backed by The Weinstein Company at the time, it wound up being shelved when the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal broke in Fall 2017. Following TWC’s bankruptcy, the movie was acquired by a couple new distributors and had its eye on a 2018 release, before the deal fell through and it was subsequently purchased by the newly-formed 101 Studios for $3 million last month. Written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver) and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), The Current War is a period piece that explores the real-life competition between inventor Edison (Cumberbatch) and businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), to see who could design a sustainable electrical system in the late 19th century. The movie’s all finished at this point, and has merely been waiting for a studio to pick it up and release it in theaters. And now, after a nearly two year wait, that’s finally happening. Related: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Early Reactions 101 Studios has announced The Current
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