Disney is adapting another true-life story for the big screen, based on a GQ article about young inventor Ryan Patterson, Slashfilm.com is reporting. The movie, which will be called ‘Electric Boy Genius,’ will follow Patterson, also an electrical engineer, who invented an electronic sign-language device when he was just 17 years-old. The device used sensors that allowed users to wear a glove, which translated hand movements into words on a screen.

Andrew Corsello, who wrote the article, also described how Patterson won the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The victory landed him a job in aerospace robotics for Lockheed Martin.

The movie is being helmed by John Lee Hancock, who stepped away from Disney last year to direct the Academy Award-winning ‘The Blind Side.’ Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright is working on the script. Producers Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi, who previously worked with Hancock on ‘The Rookie,’ are also attached to the project.

Written by: Karen Benardello

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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