Change Of Name For New David Tennant Film As Metanoia Becomes Mad To Be Normal

According to the IMDb David Tennant's latest film project, previously known as Metanoia, has undergone a change of name and will now released under the title Mad To Be Normal - the same name as the film's writer and director Robert Mullan's 1995 book on R.D Laing.

David will take on the role of Laing, a renowned Scottish psychiatrist, known as the ‘Acid-Marxist’.
Other cast confirmed to star in the biopic include Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon and David Bamber.

The official synopsis for the film from the film's production company Gizmo Films site says:
Mad to be Normal (Previously titled ‘Metanoia’) is the story of controversial Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing and the infamous anti-psychiatry experiment he ran at Kingsley Hall- a medication-free sanctuary which made headlines around the world. During the 1960s and 1970s Laing was an international celebrity. In Santa Monica, 4,000 people turned out to see him perform a lecture, a week after Bob Dylan had pulled in the same number. A radio journalist confidently referred to him as the “white Martin Luther King.” His books topped student reading lists the world over, as his language excited and enthralled them: “a child born today stands a 10 times greater chance of being admitted to a mental hospital than to a university….perhaps it is our very way of educating them that is driving them mad… [and]…”so- called ‘normal men’ have in the last 50 years killed perhaps 100 million of their fellow normal men”. It was opinions like these which turned the psychiatric establishment against him.

According to another of the films production companies, Bad Penny Productions, the film is due to start filming this month.

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