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Peter Bogdanovich To Direct TV Miniseries About Film & Murder 'The Inventor And The Tycoon'

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 6, 2014 at 2:06PM

At 74 years old, Peter Bogdanovich—he of many ascots—isn't slowing down. He's got his next feature film, "Squirrel To The Nuts" (produced by metaphorical adopted sons Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson) in the can, he's always got a couple acting gigs in the mix, and oh, he's going to direct a TV miniseries. And it sounds fascinating.
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Peter Bogdanovich The Inventor And The Tycoon

At 74 years old, Peter Bogdanovich—he of many ascots—isn't slowing down. He's got his next feature film, "Squirrel To The Nuts" (produced by metaphorical adopted sons Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson) in the can, he's always got a couple acting gigs in the mix, and oh, he's going to direct a TV miniseries. And it sounds fascinating.

The filmmaker is teaming with Cohen Media Group, where he'll helm an adaptation of Edward Ball’s "The Inventor And The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder And The Birth Of Moving Pictures," and as you might surmise from the title, it tells a fascinating story, and certainly one up Bogdanovich's film historian alley. The series will tell the tale of stop-motion photography inventor Eadweard Muybridge (whose advance paved the way for film) and his benefactor Leland Stanford, and how their lives overlapped in intriguing ways. And oh, in case you didn't know? Muybridge was also a murderer. Here's the Amazon synopsis: 

From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads.
 
One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media.
    
Set in California during its frontier decades, The Tycoon and the Inventor interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and the peculiar partnership of an eccentric inventor and a driven entrepreneur. A tale from the great American West, this popular history unspools a story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.

Bogdanovich will develop and co-executive produce the project too, but no word yet on who will put together the script. But a movie about the birth of movies, murder and ambition? Sounds like a good mix to us. [Screen Daily]

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