The Boy Who Played With Fusion

What? You’re sick and tired of waiting to be discovered? You want your 15 minutes of writerly fame now?! How about this for an idea: Instead of writing another spec script, go out and do something. Make your life so interesting, so meaningful, that everyone else in the world wants to write about/read about/watch a movie about you.

Or. what the hell, be the first one to write about somebody else who’s done just that:

Chernin Entertainment Acquires Rights to THE BOY WHO PLAYED WITH FUSION About 14-Year-Old Nuclear Scientist Taylor Wilson – by Dave Trumbore

While superhero films like Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight Rises may toy with fictional nuclear fusion reactors in their plots, at 14-years-old, Taylor Wilson had already made a functional one.  Now Chernin Entertainment has acquired the rights to his story, catalyzed by an article in Popular Science titled The Boy Who Played with Fusion.  The company is negotiating with Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) to direct.

Deadline reported on Chernin’s pick up of Wilson’s rights, although the boy is now a young man of 18 and his story continues to unfold.  Not only did Wilson’s parents (his father, a former football player turned Coca-Cola bottler and his mother, a yoga instructor) continue to nurture his gifts and curiosity, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Energy offered to fund his efforts in creating radiation detectors at a fraction of their current cost.

Wilson is a name to keep an eye on in the future and, hopefully, the film adaptation will bring some light to his achievements.

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Strangely, Collider.Com is careful to credit and link to Popular Science but never tells us the name of the writer who made it all possible. So we’re letting you know:

The Boy Who Played With Fusion
was written by
Tom Clynes

Writers have to stick together, right?