It’s been 16 years since Gary Oldman stepped behind the camera to direct the blistering, tough Nil By Mouth. Since then, he’s been a bit busy starring in big franchises such as the Harry Potter films and the Dark Knight trilogy. Now he’s looking to call the shots once more for Flying Horse, a biopic of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge.
Though he’s not quite a household name, Muybridge is well known among devotees of photographic techniques, since becoming famous for his pictures of Yosemite captured after he immigrated to the States as a young man.
He’s best known, however, for pushing the boundaries of work capturing animal movement years before motion pictures were invented. His life was also dramatic for the love affair between Muybridge’s wife, Flora, and theatre critics Harry Laykins, who the photographer shot and killed. The jury acquitted him on the grounds of justifiable homicide.
According to The Wrap, Oldman has written the script and is after Ralph Fiennes to play Muybridge and Benedict Cumberbatch as Kaykins, though neither man is officially attached yet. The director wants to kick off shooting early next year, presuming he can get the financing together. Acting-wise, Oldman will next show up in corporate espionage thriller Paranoia, Russian drama Child 44 and the remake of RoboCop. He’s also part of the cast for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.