New Hollywood movie will focus on Asheville native son Thomas Wolfe


This is exciting. From

Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender are set to star in Genius, based on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award winning biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.

The film will chart the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth), who developed a tender, complex friendship that changed the lives of both men forever.

The press release about the film, set for production in 2014, says this:

“Genius promises to be a beautifully performed, electrifying and deeply moving film. With such a strong creative team led by Michael Grandage, John Logan and James Bierman and with Firth and Fassbender on board, who are undoubtedly two of the finest screen actors working today, we can’t wait to introduce the film to buyers at AFM,” FilmNation’s Glen Basner said.

My question: any chance some of the filming will be conducted here in Asheville, Wolfe’s home? Wolfe, of course, is most famously the author of “Look Homeward Angel.” Should be fun to watch this come along.

Image link for Michael Fassbender.

Thank you to loyal reader Carol for the heads-up!


jmwhistler November 7, 2012 - 10:47 am

Fassbender is certainly critically aclaimed, but he’s just not tall enough to play Wolfe…

Brett November 6, 2012 - 4:45 pm

I always wanted to see Vincent D’onofrio as Thomas Wolfe.

Dusty November 6, 2012 - 10:36 am

A scruffy T. Wolfe with an Asian neck tatt?!?
Badass…who knew? 😉


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