THE LOST WIZARD is a multi-tiered epic about Nikola Tesla and the House of Morgan, and such events as the rise of corporate America, harnessing of Niagara Falls, the inventions of remote control, robots and mass communication, Tesla’s supposed contact with extraterrestrials in 1899, the stock market crash of 1901, the glitzy murder of Stanford White in 1906 and clandestine operations concerning STARWARS technology and particle beam weaponry systems during WWII.
Along the way, the viewer is swept into the lives of Tom Edison, George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, Guglielmo Marconi, Mark Twain, Stanford White (architect), Katherine and Robert Johnson (editor of The Century Magazine), Marguerite Merrington (playwright), Ann Morgan and her father, J. Pierpont Morgan (the most powerful man on the planet), Franklin Roosevelt and J. Edgar Hoover.
After Tesla sold his AC patents to Westinghouse in the early 1890’s for, in today’s money, well over ten million dollars, he moved into the Waldorf-Astoria at the height of the Gilded Age. A megastar at the time, many of the gliterati rushed to Tesla’s lab to witness his fantastic electrical experiments such as the invention of cold wireless fluorescent lights and also the fantastic ability to send hundreds of thousands of volts through his body to prove that his AC invention was safe, and that Edison’s DC invention was inferior. Tesla’s move to Colorado Springs is a visual feast of electrical pyrotechnics as he creates 120-foot-long lightning bolts and attempts to send electricity around the globe. His return to New York City in 1900 to race against Marconi to be the first to send a wireless message across the Atlantic, and his partnership with J. Pierpont Morgan with plans to create a world-wide wireless telegraphy center, called Wardenclyffe, is one of the greatest untold stories of modern times, and certainly, more fantastic than any tale of fiction. In the tradition of the David Lean movies, THE LOST WIZARD promises to be a pivotal cinematic experience with a worldwide market.
Marc J. Seifer’s acclaimed biography WIZARD: THE LIFE & TIMES OF NIKOLA TESLA, was boxed and starred and called “Revelatory” by Publisher’s Weekly, “A serious piece of scholarship” by Scientific American, and a “Masterpiece” by Nelson DeMille (The General’s Daughter, Gold Coast) . Co-author Tim Eaton, senior visual effects editor at Industrial Light & Magic for two decades, credits include: Titanic, The Gangs of New York, Galaxy Quest, Rocketeer, Deep Impact, Men in Black, Back to the Future, Terminator, Field of Dreams, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Polar Express & Beowulf.