Microsoft co-founder developing film based on life of George Washington

Vulcan Productions, a indie film company founded by Paul G. Allen (who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates), has signed writer Nicholas Meyer (Elegy, The Human Stain) to write a screenplay about the life of George Washington. Nick Wechsler (We Own the Night, Reservation Road) is attached as a producer, as are Richard Hutton and Michael Caldwell on behalf of Vulcan.

The project originated out of Allen’s desire to present a historically accurate and compelling view of America’s early years and its first president. “Washington was the indispensable man, the physical embodiment of America’s revolutionary ideals and identity,” Allen said. “As we consider America’s role in today’s ever-changing world, understanding the man who had a pivotal role during the birth of our nation is essential.”

In addition to serving as producer of We Own the Night and Reservation Road, upcoming projects from Nick Wechsler include screen adaptations of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

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