Daniel Thomsen's The Lobotomist lands Robert Schwentke on Dr. Walter Freeman story.
Robert Schwentke will direct the pilot of HBO's drama which will be scripted by Daniel Thomsen, and is inspired by the rise and fall of Dr. Walter Freeman. The story follows his quest to change the world through an experimental new brain surgery, but his will to do whatever to achieve his goals, spirals him out of control, down from his meteoric rise to international recognition.
This has potential of turning into a series and is based on the book of the same title by Jack El-Hai.
Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife) is also serving as an executive producer on The Lobotomist, alongside Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran. Also exec producing are Mike Medavoy as well as Laeta Kalogridis and Brad Fischer of Mythology Entertainment.