Directed by: P.B. Shemran
Starring: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Marsan, Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Irvine, David O’Hara, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane, Steve Coogan
Genre: Biography, Drama, Mystery
Release date: 10 May 2019
Running Time: – Minutes
Budget: Rs. $25 million
The Professor and the Madman is a biographical drama film, directed by Farhad Safinia (under the pseudonym PB Shemran), from a screenplay by Safinia, and Todd Komarnicki, based on the 1998 book The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester. It stars Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Marsan, Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Irvine, David O’Hara, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane, and Steve Coogan.
The film is about the famous professor, Sir James Murray, who in 1857 began compiling the Oxford English Dictionary and led the overseeing committee and W. C. Minor, a doctor who submitted over 10,000 entries while he was undergoing treatment at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum.
Mel Gibson worked on adapting the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne for over 20 years before production began to develop in 2016. Gibson, who originally intended to direct, hired his Apocalypto co-screenwriter Farhad Safinia to replace him, while he remained in the role of James Murray. Sean Penn entered early talks to join the film as William Chester Minor in August 2016. In August, Natalie Dormer signed on for a role. In September, Ioan Gruffudd joined the cast.
Filming commenced in Dublin in September 2016. Set photos from November revealed Steve Coogan, Laurence Fox and Jennifer Ehle as part of the cast.
In July 2017, Gibson and his production company Icon Productions sued the production company Voltage Pictures over their desire to control certain aspects of the production. They refused final cut privileges and an additional five days of production in Oxford.
On 19 June 2018, Judge Ruth Kwan of the Los Angeles County Superior Court rendered a judgment denying Gibson’s motion for summary adjudication.
In January 2019, Vertical Entertainment acquired US distribution rights to the film. Safinia was not recognized for directing or co-writing the film, credit going instead to P.B. Shemran. It is scheduled to be released on 10 May 2019.
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