Columbia Pictures has picked up the film rights to a book aclled Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything written by Joshua Foer, and there plan is to adapt it into a major motion picture.
I recently heard about this book on the Today show, when they interviewed Foer, but I never thought it would get a big screen adaptation. I guess it could work, but if anything I see something like this being more of a documentary film.
Moonwalking with Einstein chronicles Foer's real-life experience as a science journalist covering the US Memory Championship who decides to become a participant in the event. As he covers the competition, Foer is astounded to discover that those with the best memories aren't geniuses or savants but regular people who had trained their minds using ancient techniques. Though he's just a guy with an average memory, someone who can't remember where he put his car keys (or even his car), Foer shows that the tricks of the trade are available to anyone as he learns to harness his own brain power and win the memory competition.
Doug Belgrad, the president of Columbia Pictures had this to say in a statement,
This is a very special book which transcends the already fascinating subject of memory. By explaining in personal and entertaining fashion a great deal about how our brains work, Joshua has written a book that sheds light on how memory is connected to humanity.
Producer Matt Tolmach added,
At a time in our lives where we have outsourced so much of our memory to technology, Josh goes on this incredible journey into the inner workings of our memory. What he discovers is stunningly universal and profound.
What are your thoughts on this film adaptation?