The end of the Gilmore Girls does not necessarily spell the end of Lauren Graham’s career.  She recently starred in the comedy, Evan Almighty, with Steve Carell (The Office) and is now busy working on another big screen project, Flash of Genius.

The drama, which marks the directorial debut of producer Marc Abraham, is about the life of Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear), the inventor of the windshield wiper.  Kearns spent most of his life fighting with Detroit automakers, whom he charged with stealing his invention.  His fixation with legal retribution suffocated his relationship with wife Phyllis (Lauren Graham) and put a strain on their children.  He eventually got a multi-million dollar settlement.  Two years ago, he passed away.

Of the film, the former Gilmore Girls actress said, “It is a small, beautiful story of this one man taking on these big companies.”

The film is based on an article penned by New York-based writer John Seabrook.  The script was written by Philip Railsback, Scott Frank and Abraham.  The production team includes Spyglass partners Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, Michael Lieber, Jon Glickman, J. Miles Dale, Eric Newman and Tom Bliss.

“I bought the rights eight years ago and always hoped to direct it,” Abraham told Variety.  “This is a David vs. Goliath story, but I liked the fact that what Kearns fought for was almost whimsical and [it shows] the high cost someone can pay for refusing to compromise their dignity.”

Production for Flash of Genius began last month in Toronto.  Although Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai on Gilmore Girls, is excited to be working on the film, she did express some sadness over having to play another “wife” role in a movie.

“I’m just playing people’s wives really,” Graham said, fresh from playing Carell’s on-screen spouse in Evan Almighty.  “I’m just doing the world tour.  The Wife World Tour.”

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Variety, MTV Movies
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