Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson WB Reveals Full DC Slate Through 2020, Including Two 'Justice League' Pics, 'Wonder Woman,' 'Green Lantern' & More WB Reveals Full DC Slate Through 2020, Including Two 'Justice League' Pics, 'Wonder Woman,' 'Green Lantern' & More Brad Bird Explains Why He Passed On Directing 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Brad Bird Explains Why He Passed On Directing 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Shia LaBeouf Cut His Own Face, Fought The Cast & Got A Tooth Pulled Making 'Fury' Shia LaBeouf Cut His Own Face, Fought The Cast & Got A Tooth Pulled Making 'Fury' Robert Downey Jr. To Join Chris Evans In ‘Captain America 3’ Which Will Help Launch A New Phase Of Marvel Robert Downey Jr. To Join Chris Evans In ‘Captain America 3’ Which Will Help Launch A New Phase Of Marvel BFI London Film Festival Review: Susanne Bier's Long-Delayed 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper BFI London Film Festival Review: Susanne Bier's Long-Delayed 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper Oscar Buzz: Who's Going To Challenge For Best Actress This Year? Oscar Buzz: Who's Going To Challenge For Best Actress This Year? Robert Downey Jr. Says Superhero Films Are Becoming “Old" And Showing "Signs Of Fraying Around The Edges” Robert Downey Jr. Says Superhero Films Are Becoming “Old" And Showing "Signs Of Fraying Around The Edges” Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 6 ‘Devil You Know’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 6 ‘Devil You Know’ Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Robert Schwentke Heads To HBO To Direct Pilot Episode Of 'The Lobotomist'

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 28, 2011 at 9:45AM

With "R.I.P.D." not slated to hit theaters until 2013, director Robert Schwentke will have a some time to kill until then. Late this summer, he lined up what is expected to be his next feature film, "The Poison Kitchen," a film set in the early days of the Nazi's rise to power, marking a change of pace for the director. With that film set lens to sometime next year, it looks like he'll make a quick detour to television first.
0
Robert Schwentke The Lobotomist

With "R.I.P.D." not slated to hit theaters until 2013, director Robert Schwentke will have a some time to kill until then. Late this summer, he lined up what is expected to be his next feature film, "The Poison Kitchen," a film set in the early days of the Nazi's rise to power, marking a change of pace for the director. With that film set lens to sometime next year, it looks like he'll make a quick detour to television first.

Variety reports that Schwentke will tackle the pilot episode of HBO's "The Lobotomist." Based on the book by Jack El-Hai, the series will be based on the true story of Dr. Walter Freeman, the dubious/infamous pioneer of the titular surgery which made him both a source of controversy and a groundbreaking surgeon all in one go. Daniel Thomson ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Melrose Place") will be writing the script which we'd guess/hope will be like neither of those shows. And the show has some powerhouse producers behind it including Leonardo DiCaprio (via his Appian Way shingle) and celebrated screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis. Not too shabby.

The material is certainly fascinating and it's not the first time El-Hai's book has inspired some must-watch television. The story prompted the PBS "American Experience" documentary of the same name (watch below). As for Schwentke, it will be his second visit to the small screen after directing the pilot of Fox's kind of terrible "Lie To Me."

No word yet on when this will roll, but we assume it will go between movies for Schwentke. The material is fascinating, so we'll be curious to see this one develop.

This article is related to: Robert Schwentke, The Lobotomist


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates