A movie about the life of Thomas Edison is reportedly in the works at Paramount, according to The Wrap. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in modern history, having accumulated more than 1,000 patents in the United states and over 2,000 worldwide, including ones for the electric lamp and the phonograph. Development of the film is being handled by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, the production company behind movies like the rebooted Star Trek trilogy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as television shows like Alias and LOST.
The idea is certainly not a unique one — both Slashfilm and The Wrap note that another movie about Edison's life (and competition with fellow electrical pioneer George Westinghouse) is already being made by The Weinstein Company, though it's murky how far along the actual production process that film is. Making a movie about the life of Edison, as well the lives of his adversaries Westinghouse and Nikolai Tesla, has long been rumored about (and demanded by) internet denizens.