Two Hollywood movies on Ramanujan soon

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 30, 2006 14:39 hrs

New York: Two producers are competing to bring the beautiful mind of a self-taught mathematician to the big screen.

The rival projects revolve around Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, a math prodigy from the slums of Madras, India, who studied at Cambridge University during World War I. He pioneered advanced mathematical theories with the guidance of his eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy.

Producer Edward R Pressman has just acquired rights to Robert Kanigel's 1991 biography "The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan." Screenwriter-director Matthew Brown is set to start production on the film in the fall.

The feature is in competition with another just-announced Ramanujan film. Actor and Cambridge graduate Stephen Fry plans to co-direct and write the movie with Indian director Dev Benegal, which is tentatively set for production next year.

Asked about the competing film, Pressman said: "While I can't speak for the Fry project, my sense is we're a bit farther along."

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