Gary Oldman may be fresh off of his Oscar win for his phenomenal role as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour, but he is taking no breaks. Oldman has already written the script for the upcoming film The Flying Horse, and he is now on his way to both direct and star in the fact-based film.
The Flying Horse follows the life of Eadweard Muybridge, one of the fathers of the moving image and photography. The film takes place in 1972 when Muybridge, already a successful still-photographer, is commissioned by the former governor of California to “capture a horse-in-motion.” After his life-changing achievement, Muybridge finds himself fighting for his freedom after murdering his wife’s lover, Major Harry Larkyns. The story turns from that of a world-changing discovery to one depicting a man whose life is spiraling out of control.
This film marks Oldman’s second run as a director following the 1997 award winner Nil By Mouth.
According to a quote from Deadline, Oldman and his longtime producing partner Doug Urbanski said the following in a joint statement about the film: “We long to make good movies, and that means good stories… and there are few stories as good as these events. Launching the first feature from our newly formed production company, Flying Studios, with Tucker makes the entire thing very special for us. We could not wish for a more supportive or collaborative partner.”
Along with Ubanski, Oldman is producing with Tucker Tooley of Tooley Entertainment who is financing the film.