Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg is eyeing making a biopic about Northern Civil War General, Ulysses S. Grant, who will reportedly be played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The filmmaker and the thespian are no strangers, having collaborated on 2002’s Catch Me if You Can.
The novel being taken is Grant by Ron Chernow. The bestseller will be adapted for the screen by David James Kelly, who is responsible for penning the new Robin Hood flick starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Robin Hood is produced by Appian Way and Lionsgate, the two studios who will also back the Grant film.
Even at 71, Steven Spielberg is one of the most prolific filmmakers today. Cranking out one films a year for the past four years, Spielberg has already had two of those be nominated for Best Picture and the most recent, Ready Player One, a box office success. His next three films on IMDb are a remake of West Side Story, an adaptation of the David I. Kertzer novel The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, as well as a fifth Indiana Jones sequel.
DiCaprio is currently working on Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He’s also in talks to star in two Martin Scorsese films; Roosevelt about the 26th president and also Killers of Flower Moon which deals with an FBI investigation on a spring of murders.
With all members incredibly busy, don’t expect this one to come to theatres very soon. But when it does, expect it to be an awards darling.
Source: Deadline – “Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Appian Way In Early Talks To Team On Ulysses S. Grant Epic At Lionsgate”