I came across this in an article about upcoming true-life movies:
9. The Current War (TBD, Lantern Entertainment)
After seeing trailers years ago, moviegoers may wonder: What happened to Benedict Cumberbatch portraying Thomas Edison? With Harvey Weinstein indicted after Me Too revelations, the assets of his co-owned company were sold off, including this unreleased biopic.
With a new studio home and U.S. release on the horizon, look forward to a battle of wits and technology between Edison, Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), along with co-star wattage from Tom Holland and Katherine Waterston.
It seems it was completely edited and new filmed scenes were added:
The difference from the Toronto cut to now?
“Everything missing is there now, including the right pacing that escalates the tension between these two men,” Gomez-Rejon said. “The heart of the film is restored: Edison’s relationship with his wife, and the explanation of her fatal illness and what it did to him. You feel her loss deeply and it carries you through as he goes to a dark side without her there to humanize his ambition. Westinghouse has been humanized without making him a saint, and there are now layers and complicated performances so that instead of spoon-fed emotion, everything is earned. The music heightens the tensions of their war. There are new scenes with Tesla, who was never meant to be a lead character but now you see his genius and vulnerability. He doesn’t feel forgotten in this movie, and he gives heart and clarity to the clash between these two men and what drives them to go to such dark places.”
I think the script was very good and the images on the trailer looked great. Hopefully this version could have a better reception.
I wonder why Weinstein moved this movie to the Mary Magdalene date if it was far from being ready. I'm guessing he didn't liked MM and tried to rush this one. I remember it was widely reported (by fans) at the time that Gomez-Rejon insisted that the movies wasn't finished during the screening.
I thought all that stuff was already in the original version of the movie, but maybe I just read a lot more into the movie than others did!
I’m surprised that there was no mention of adding scenes with Edison and Westinghouse together. They weren’t on screen together for very long, and that was a complaint I remember reading. I could have guessed that they would want to devote more time to Edison’s family life. Those scenes were very touching and got a big reaction from the audience.
I’m looking forward to seeing the changes they made!