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The Professor & The Madman

March 31, 2019

The first trailer landed for the long-in-gestation movie, which tells the story of lexicographer James Murray and his creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Professor and the Madman

In it, Gibson plays Murray, with Sean Penn as Dr. William Chester Minor, a convicted murderer who contributed 10,000 entries to the lexicon while being treated in the asylum at Broadmoor.

The Professor and the Madman

Based on the book The Surgeon of Crawthorne by Simon Winchester, Gibson and his production company Icon Entertainment sued producers Voltage Pictures over the film’s final cut.

The company also sacked Gibson’s long-time collaborator Farhad Safinia, with whom he made the movie Apocalypto, and later claimed that Gibson was trying to hold them to ransom over huge reshoots.

Voltage also claimed that Safinia turned up on the first day of shooting without a contract in place, and had tried to up his fee by $75,000 two days before filming.

Mel Gibson the professor and the madman

Rights to the film were acquired by Vertical Entertainment in January, with Safinia no longer credited as director.

Also starring Natalie Dormer, Steve Coogan and Eddie Marsan, it’s due for release in May.

Source: SgStyle

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