‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Moves to Production
July 15, 2014
by Dave McNary
Film Reporter @Variety_DMcNary
After eight years of development, “The Man Who Knew Infinity” will go into production next month in the U.K. with Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons and newcomer Devika Bhise starring.
Patel will portray math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons will play G.H. Hardy, who recognized Ramanujan’s brilliance despite his lack of formal training and education and plucked him from obscurity in Edwardian India. Bhise will portray Ramanujan’s wife.
Shooting will start Aug. 3 at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge — the first film to be shot at Trinity — followed by two weeks in various locations in South India.
David Garrett of Mister Smith Entertainment has come on board to handle international sales.
The film is an Edward R. Pressman and Animus Films production in association with Xeitgeist and Marcys Holdings. Pressman and Animus’ Jim Young will produce along with Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Pressman’s chief operating officer Jon Katz and Xeitgeist’s Joe Thomas.
Matthew Brown will direct and wrote the screenplay based on the biography “The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan” by Robert Kanigel. Pressman and Young acquired film rights to the biography in 2006, published in 1991.
Patel came on board the project last year at Cannes and Irons signed on in Decemeber. Bhise has recently joined the cast; she played the role of the goddess Namagiri in “The Partition,” a play based on Kanigel’s book, at the Spotlighter’s Theater in New York.
Bhise has a supporting role in an episode of the upcoming MTV series “One Bad Choice.”
Pressman produced “Wall Street,” “Bad Lieutenant” and “Reversal of Fortune,” for which Irons won the Best Actor Oscar.
Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel is coming to Cambridge to film Hollywood movie The Man Who Knew Infinity with Jeremy Irons