• [NEWS] "Splendid Solution" movie in development (polio vaccine bio-drama)

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    From Variety.com ...

    Jeremy Strong to Play Polio Vaccine Inventor
    Jonas Salk in 21 Laps and Bron Studios' 'Splendid Solution'
    Emmy winner Jeremy Strong will star as Jonas Salk, the inventor
    of the polio vaccine, in the upcoming film "Splendid Solution."

    Produced by Bron Studios and 21 Laps, the feature film adapts
    Jeffrey Kluger's 2004 New York Times best-selling novel of the
    same name, which follows Dr. Salk on his quest to find a cure
    for the deadly virus. Kluger's 1994 book "Lost Moon:
    The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13" was also the inspiration for
    Ron Howard's Oscar-nominated "Apollo 13."

    Gillian Weeks will write the screenplay for the new film,
    produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment,
    with Becca Edelman and Emily Feher overseeing the project.

    "We can't think of a more timely story to tell - of one man's
    journey to save the world from a devastating pandemic while
    overcoming misinformation from the media... and how he believed
    so much in the vaccine that he tested it on himself and his
    children to prove to the world that it was safe," Levy and
    Levine said in a statement about the project.

    Bron Studios founder Aaron L. Gilbert, who will produce the
    film, added, "This project is tailor-made for the time we're
    living in. I am confident that this true story of hope and
    perseverance in an era of uncertainty will resonate with viewers
    across the world and remind them of what humankind has overcome.
    I am honored to have a part in bringing it to life."

    Strong will also serve as an executive producer along with
    Bron's Brady Fujikawa and Ashley Levinson. Bron's Jared Kramer
    brought the project to the studio and will oversee the film.

    In 2020, Strong won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a
    drama series for playing Kendall Roy on HBO's "Succession."
    In addition to this individual recognition, Strong has also
    appeared in five best picture Oscar nominees over the last decade
    ("Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Selma" and "The Big Short"),
    with Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" as his most
    recent contender. Strong portrayed activist Jerry Rubin in the

    In terms of awards, Bron's recent film slate earned eight Oscar
    nominations, with nods for "Judas and the Black Messiah"
    (including best picture and best supporting actor nominations for
    Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield), "Pieces of a Woman"
    (Vanessa Kirby as best actress) and "Greyhound" (best sound). The
    company also produced last year's best actor winner "Joker,"
    starring Joaquin Phoenix. Upcoming releases for the company
    include Dev Patel's directorial debut "Monkey Man;" Nia DaCosta's
    "Candyman," produced by Jordan Peele; the Aretha Franklin biopic
    "Respect," starring Jennifer Hudson; Barry Levinson's
    "The Survivor;" "Fatherhood" starring Kevin Hart; Taylor
    Sheridan's "Those Who Wish Me Dead;" David Lowery's "The Green
    Knight" and frequent Bron collaborator Jason Reitman's
    "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."

    Best known for Netflix's "Stranger Things," 21 Laps has also
    produced the hit "Night at the Museum" franchise, "Arrival,"
    "The Spectacular Now" and the Oscar-nominated comedy "Love and
    Monsters" (nominated for achievement in visual effects). The
    company's next film is the highly anticipated action comedy "Free
    Guy," starring Ryan Reynolds, which is set to be released Aug. 13.
    Reynolds and Levy also recently completed filming on the sci-fi
    action film "The Adam Project" for Netflix. 21 Laps' next TV
    series, "Shadow and Bone," debuts April 23 on Netflix.

    Strong is repped by WME and Sugar 23. Weeks is repped by The Gersh
    Agency and Management 360.


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