Warner Bros. has declined to move forward with “The Imitation Game,” a World War II drama about legendary British cryptographer Alan Turing, a company spokeswoman told TheWrap on Friday.
The studio paid seven figures for Graham Moore’s spec script last fall, winning a feverish bidding war. However, this week it let its option expire, not wishing to commit further to the project.
The script, based on Andrew Hodges’ biography, “Alan Turing: The Enigma,” landed at the top of last year’s Black List. The film’s title refers to a game Turing created to test a machine’s ability to mimic human behavior.
J. Blakeson is still set to direct the project, which Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky are producing.
There have been reports that Leonardo DiCaprio, a Warner Bros. favorite, would star as Turing, a man revered for breaking German codes but later persecuted for his homosexuality. However, DiCaprio has never actually committed.
CAA represents both Blakeson and Moore, meaning it will fall to the agency to sell the project elsewhere.