Gibson/Penn Drama ‘The Professor and the Madman’ Gets A Backer!

Mel Gibson, darl, you’re back in the room! The Gibson renaissance continues as the veteran actor is lined up to star alongside screen legend Sean Penn in the biopic The Professor and the Madman.

The film chronicles Professor James Murray (Gibson), the man responsible for the delivery of the first Oxford English Dictionary, and his interactions with Dr. William Chester Minor (Penn), a patient in an asylum, who provided 1000s of submissions for the book.

News in today is that the project has found itself a financial backer in Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica De Cine, a producer/financier whose titles include Martin Scorsese’s Silence and his upcoming The Irishman.