Back in 2017, The Weinstein Company premiered a hopeful award season contender at the Toronto Film Festival titled The Current War. The film was a dramatized retelling of the real-life historic feud over the use of electricity. Two years later, the film is set to finally get its theatrical release by 101 Studios this October.
The Current War gives us a glimpse into the tumultuous corporate battle from the 19th century that came to be known as the “war of the currents”. This film follows Thomas Edison’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) journey of introducing electrical power to the city of Manhattan using his DC technology rivaled by businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and his partner Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) who had their own ideas about bringing electricity to mainstream society by chasing AC electrical current.
We get a look at just how dramatic this legendary rivalry was from the film’s trailer. In this glimpse, Edison states, “This is a battle of the greatest minds of America,” to which Westinghouse threatens, “If you want to be remembered, it’s simple: Shoot a president. But if you prefer to have what I call a legacy, you leave the world a better place than you found it.”
Executive produced by iconic director Martin Scorsese, The Current War is written by Michael Mitnick and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The film premiered to critical reception at the Toronto Film Festival with its original distributor, The Weinstein Company after which it was shelved in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandal. Following that, director Gomez-Rejon re-wired the original footage, swapped the film’s musical score, cut down its run time, and even added new scenes. Now, the film has been bought by David Glasser’s newly established 101 Studios and is set to release in early October this year.