Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jeff Nichols to direct movie about 14-year-old genius from Texarkana

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While he waits for "Mud" to land a distribution deal, Jeff Nichols is in negotiations to direct a March Popular Science article about Taylor Wilson, a teenager from Texarkana, Ark., who became the youngest person ever to achieve nuclear fusion, Deadline reports.

A quick scan of the Popular Science article suggest plenty of fodder for a movie:

At 10, Taylor hung a periodic table of the elements in his room. Within a week he memorized all the atomic numbers, masses and melting points. At the family’s Thanksgiving gathering, the boy appeared wearing a monogrammed lab coat and armed with a handful of medical lancets. He announced that he’d be drawing blood from everyone, for “comparative genetic experiments” in the laboratory he had set up in his maternal grandmother’s garage. Each member of the extended family duly offered a finger to be pricked.

The next summer, Taylor invited everyone out to the backyard, where he dramatically held up a pill bottle packed with a mixture of sugar and stump remover (potassium nitrate) that he’d discovered in the garage. He set the bottle down and, with a showman’s flourish, ignited the fuse that poked out of the top. What happened next was not the firecracker’s bang everyone expected, but a thunderous blast that brought panicked neighbors running from their houses. Looking up, they watched as a small mushroom cloud rose, unsettlingly, over the Wilsons’ yard.

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