is a 2016 British-American biographical drama film directed by Michael Grandage and written by John Logan , based on the 1978 National Book Award-winnerMax Perkins: Editor of Geniusby A. Scott Berg . The film stars Colin Firth , Jude Law , Nicole Kidman , Dominic West and Guy Pearce . It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival .
The story ofGeniusfollows the story of American Southern writer Thomas Wolfe and his connections with New Yorker Maxwell Perkins , the publisher. Perkins had already previously published works by the great American writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald .