Historical - Development 2014

Tom Horner had the vision to create the greatest show on earth, but was blind to the most precious thing in the world.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Historical
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 25 - 50 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • John DORE
    • Producer(s)
    • Tony ALLEN (Big Time Pictures), Virginia ROMERO (Big Time Pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • A hundred years before silent movies, crowds were already flocking to London’s Leicester Square to see moving pictures.
      Ambitious young artist TOM HORNER dreams of creating the greatest panorama in London. But as another smog-filled summer ends, he remains stuck in the ramshackle Bankside studio he shares with his loyal but cautious friend BILL MAYHEW. Painting the wives or horses of nobles just about pays the rent, but brings Tom no nearer to realising his dream.
      Meanwhile, spurred on by the success of his early exhibitions, impresario ROBERT BARKER is planning the biggest panorama theatre the world has ever seen. With his business partner JOHN WYLD, they invest huge sums in an enormous new venue in the heart of Leicester Square. But their plans are thrown into disarray when the brilliant, but temperamental, landscape artist, LOUIS DAGUERRE quits for another show in Hyde Park. Barker now desperately needs a new artist to create something that will blow the rival show off the map.
      Tom finds a way to approach Barker with his idea and is bluntly rejected. Undeterred, he uses Barker’s great vanity as his hook and ingeniously pitches his grand vision of a moving 360-degree panorama of London “as God alone sees it”. He wins the commission and abruptly ends his partnership with Bill.
      With Barker’s engineers, Tom constructs an extraordinary studio eyrie, precariously perched high above the Cross of St Paul’s cathedral from which to realise his vision. Soon overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the challenge, Tom has only the doting young governess, MILLIE TAYLOR to encourage him.
      Despite the vicious winter storms and the disruptive machinations of his employer, Tom obsessively labours to complete his masterpiece. Staggering in scale, detail and perspective, the finished panorama draws huge crowds. From the moment it opens, the Leicester Square show is an unprecedented success and riches seem assured for them all.
      But distracted by sudden fame and the allure of Barker’s daughter ALICIA, Tom tragically overlooks the one true person in his life. The consequences for Tom, Barker and Wyld will reverberate through London’s history to the present day.
      Leicester Square is an amazing untold story of creative endeavour and the redeeming power of love, set in the beating heart of London.
      This is 1837. This is Leicester Square.
    • Partners & financing
    • Blue Pencil Set
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2014