DiCaprio Alan Turing Movie Tops 2011 Black List

12.12.2011

By Adam Rathe

Persecuted British gay (and possibly Leo) will make for boffo box office

Every year we read this thing called The Black List. It’s a film executive’s take on what are the most promising unproduced films of the year and it means very little in terms of how things actually get done, but if one of those great end-of-year lists that keeps tongues wagging.

This year, the top film on the list is screenwriter Graham Moore’s The Imitation Game, a flick about British cryptographer (and computer science legend—really, there is such a thing) Alan Turing, who during World War II cracked the German Enigma code and later offed himself with cyanide after suffering criminal prosecution and chemical castration for being gay. Rumor has it that Leonardo DiCaprio is interested in portraying Turing.

In a strange coincidence, earlier this month a petition began circling asking the British government to officially pardon Turing. In 2009, Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an official apology for the government’s treatment of Turing, saying, “While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him.”

However, his conviction still stands.

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