Warner Bros, which paid seven figures for a script about the late gay British computer genius and World War II hero, Alan Turing, will no longer make the film.
According to The Wrap, the studio decided to not take the script by Graham Moore, based on Andrew Hodges’ biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma, into production.
There is speculation that Warner Bros made the move after Leonardo DiCaprio, who had reportedly shown interest in playing Turing in the film, failed to commit to the project.
It is likely that producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky will take the project to other studios in the hope that film, set to be directed by J. Blakeson, will still be made.
Turing (1912 – 1954) is considered by many to be the father of modern computing. He also played a key role in breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II.
He was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexuality and was given the choice of imprisonment or chemical castration. Turing chose the latter and underwent forced oestrogen hormone injection treatment for a year before committing suicide from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41.
In September 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued a formal posthumous apology to Turing for his persecution.