Kevin Spacey Is The Father Of Invention

Indie comedy about fallen billionaire

Kevin Spacey is set to star in indie comedy Father of Invention, as a bankrupt billionaire - well, former billionaire presumably - a role that seems extremely timely in this credit-crunched era.

The plot sees Spacey play a once humble inventor who turned egomaniac when his creations finally took off. But he loses everything when one of his inventions goes horribly awry, and after eight years in federal prison, he is released, homeless, penniless but determined to rebuild his fortune. Does this sound like the beginning of Superman Returns to anyone else? The plot better not see him moving in on a dying heiress.

Trent Cooper of, er, Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector fame will direct, after writing the script with Jonathan Krane and Nichole Beattie. Spacey will produce as well as starring.