First Look Media made a promising start with Projector, his first feature film produced and co-funded since its launch in 2013. Now, the New York-based company will tackle another true story with tragic results: the making of the atomic bomb.
Inside Amy Schumer co-creator Dan Powell changes genre to write Brotherhood of the Bomb, based on Gregg Herken’s 2002 book of the same name. The film will explore the tumultuous relationship between physicists Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller; the former was stripped of his US government security clearance for suspected Communist ties after the latter testified against him.
âIt’s an exciting project for Dan, and he got us involved,â said the director of First Look. vice-president Adam programming and content Pincus. “It’s a devastating story in terms of divided loyalties.”
fraternity marks the latest move from the company, which also added executives Jason Fisher and Ryan Heller as it expands its list of movies, TV and digital under the new Topic banner (First Look, backed by billionaire eBay Pierre Omidyar, will continue as the name of the parent company which also owns the news site Interception). As Topic expands its line of narrative feature films with films such as the hacktivist Thriller in French We do not forget, with Daniel Radcliffe and Zachary Quinto, he also remains active in the doc area and has quietly embarked on the Hulk Hogan v. onlooker movie No one is speaking as executive producer and co-financier.
For television, Topic develops a political satire Mister President, based on an original pitch by journalists David Sirota and Bret Saunders. Billy Kimball (Veep) writes, and Sarah Condon (Bored to die) is an executive producer. A pair of series based on the properties of hot books is also in the works: The apothecary through Mailed Meloy, with Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett (Madeline, Wimbledon) writing; and Golden fame citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins on a futuristic drought-stricken California. In digital, Topic joins forces with The New Yorker to All-Star Style, which features NBA impressionist Brandon Armstrong mocking him Steph Curry, James James, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. And given the success of his podcast Richard Simmons missing, Topic is now trying to adapt this property to another medium.
First Look President Michael Bloom says, âOur motto has been: do what’s best for the creative idea, whether it’s a movie, TV or podcast. “
A version of this story first appeared in the March 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, Click here to subscribe.