It looks like things are finally coming together for that rumored Nikola Tesla project. Bleeding Cool reports that the film, Tesla, Ruler of the World, will tentatively have Mike Newell direct. Newell previously directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and could actually be a nice fit for the material. Christian Bale is reportedly talking about the role of Nikola Tesla himself with Nicolas Cage as Tesla’s colleague and rival, Thomas Edison. Imagine a science fight between Christian Bale and Nic Cage. How great would that be?
This won't be the first time Bale will have met Tesla on the big screen. He was played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, The Prestige. Lolita Davidovich and Rade Serbedzija are also set to star.
This is all timely news considering that the science hero’s birthday was just the other day on July 10. Nikola Tesla was a brilliant iconic Serbian-American inventor and scientist during the late 19th and early 20th century. Most people are aware of him through really awesome Tesla coils and his advocacy of AC current as opposed to the DC current supported by Edison.
There are reports that the plot will revolve around some kind of “technological crisis,” which should be easy enough for perhaps two of the greatest electrical engineers of all time.