I hadn´t read this article where among other things he talks about TWM.
Why were you chosen to pen The War Magician?
I’ve actually been involved with it for many years. I’ve known the producer, Tony Eldridge, for my entire career. He’s had the rights to the book forever and when he first showed it to me I instantly fell in love with it. It’s such an amazing story I could barely believe it hadn’t already been turned into a major film. When Sherlock appeared on the BBC and I saw Benedict Cumberbatch for the first time I immediately called Tony and said, “This is the guy, he’s going to be a huge star and he’s the only person to play this character.” It took several years from that point and we jumped through a lot of hoops, I wrote Benedict a personal letter urging him to take the part and eventually took some time out from working on Star Wars in London last year to pitch him the movie at the offices of his production company, but we eventually got him and that’s when the movie became real.
I remember I read this story somewhere before but I don't think it was in this interview. Maybe it was on his Twitter account.
I remember someone here commented that he was initiated all his new projects and I mentioned it wasn't the case. He is producing this and most of his new projects but it doesn't mean it was necessarily his idea or that he wasn't considered for the part by other people before he entered the project as producer.
The question is how interested on this is BC, he obviously has projects we are not aware of like The Child in Time which had script, director and filming dates when it was announced.
I hope the mention of Sherlock doesn't mean that Maskelyne will be too Sherlocky. Also, I'd like that the movie addresses the problems with real life Maskelyne.
Yes, Gary Whitta made it very clear that this was a case of wanting BC to play the role, with SunnyMarch to produce as well likely being part of the incentive for him to attach himself.
And after Gary Whitta confirmed he'd finished the script there was the other comment about then having to "Cumberbatch it" or words to that effect. That, to me, indicated that it was potentially not very far away at all from being produced. So unless the script has actually disappointed in practice, or there are second thoughts because of the multitude of WWII films suddenly, I wouldn't be surprised if TWM isn't his next project after Melrose and aside from Marvel and/or any voice work.
And I don't think Maskelyne will be Sherlocky at all, except insofar as he's another very bright, very charismatc character.