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DiCaprio and Eastwood team for Hoover biopic

Posted by · 6:13 pm · June 17th, 2010

After three consecutive duds (in my book, anyway), Clint Eastwood will have to work hard to earn my anticipation again — harder, certainly, than dipping into the biopic well once more — but he sure gets full marks for persistence. Undeterred by his recent strike-outs with the Academy, he continues to assemble the most on-paper baity projects around — this time, a J. Edgar Hoover biopic written by Oscar-winning “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black and starring the Oscar-primed Leonardo DiCaprio. The only way this can miss is if it’s even half as dull as, well, “Invictus.”

The project, of course, has been in the ether for some time; Deadline Hollywood offers the following précis of its development:

The project began at Universal, where Imagine is based, but came together at Warners, which Eastwood’s Malpaso has long called home. Imagine had been developing the Dustin Lance Black script for over a year before showing it to Universal, where the reaction was negative. But then Grazer got the screenplay to pal Clint (they did The Changeling and have had a personal relationship ever since), the two men met about it in mid-February, and the film has been on the fast track at Warner Bros.

Just one thing: now that it’s been over two years since it first surfaced, can people stop referring to Eastwood’s 2008 film as “The Changeling”? The latter is a 1980 horror flick starring George C. Scott; the former has no direct article in the title. Sorry, just a pet peeve.

Actually, a second thing: given that the past decade has seen DiCaprio work with such substantial figures as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, Ridley Scott and Danny Boyle, dismissively describing the actor as being in a “Marty Scorsese rut” is glib at best.

Anyway. As you were.




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  • 1 6-17-2010 at 7:41 pm

    Bryan said...

    I used to judge DiCaprio as that “Titanic teeny bopper.” But (especially after Revolutionary Road and Shutter Island), he’s the shit.

    Clint Eastwood not so much.

  • 2 6-17-2010 at 8:43 pm

    Patryk said...

    Let’s hope it comes in under 120 minutes.

  • 3 6-17-2010 at 8:45 pm

    Jim T said...

    “writing by Oscar-winning “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black ”

    I guess you mean “writen”

    “describing the actor is being”

    “as” instead of “is” (I’m not being a smart-us, I’m just weird :p)

    I find it very surprising that Black was interested in that story. (Am I type-casting? Not intentionally) Three talented people united. I have stopped having expectations for anything (at least that early) and I don’t really care about FBI stories (though I know nothing about the story of the person at hand) but I’m curious. Let’s hope for the best (as always)

  • 4 6-17-2010 at 9:22 pm

    The Irishman said...

    I’m just kind of wondering how they intend to make a megalomaniac like Hoover a sympathetic protagonist (and honestly, why someone of DiCaprio’s political convictions would want to), but, again, helluva lineup, so I’m gonna trust them.

  • 5 6-17-2010 at 10:05 pm

    Jim T said...

    Irishman – Didn’t they make Nixon (in Frost/Nixon) kind of sympathetic too? Maybe it was just me and I can’t really say much since I know nothing about Hoover.

    What I regard as ideal is for them to present a complicated, interesting individual. Maybe that’s what they’ll try to do.

  • 6 6-18-2010 at 1:03 am

    moviefan1 said...

    DiCaprio really wants that Oscar

  • 7 6-18-2010 at 1:08 am

    the other mike said...

    hating on a movie b4 its even been made, aint that something. aren’t we ll cynical.

  • 8 6-18-2010 at 2:15 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I’m already loving this film.

  • 9 6-18-2010 at 2:34 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Jim: Ugh, typos galore. That’s what I get for posting after midnight (and a few drinks). Thanks for the corrections.

    Irishman: I’m kind of hoping that’s not their intention.

    Other Mike: I’m just joshing — don’t take it too seriously. But yeah, I am cynical.

  • 10 6-18-2010 at 3:39 am

    Michael W. said...

    I’m a big fan of DiCaprio, so I look forward to this a lot.

    But really, let’s talk about Clint. How can this guy continue!? He turned 80 last month. 80! It really is amazing. I don’t love all of his recent films, but I just love that he keeps on going as if he was 20 years younger. But hey, if the portugese director Manoel de Oliveira can makes films at a 101 and present them at Cannes, like he did this year, Clint has what, 15 to 20 more films in him :D

  • 11 6-18-2010 at 6:30 am

    caro said...

    Leo wants his f***ing Oscar !
    Another site read the script and wrote it was very good even if it ‘s a hagiography

  • 12 6-18-2010 at 9:38 am

    MattyD. said...

    I actually love “Changeling”, even if it is sub-par filmmaking from Clinty.

    On the other hand, I think “Gran Torino” and “Invictus” are both pieces of complete crap. Everyone else I saw “Invictus” with fell asleep.

  • 13 6-18-2010 at 11:40 am

    tintin said...

    I love Eastwood and Dicaprio! i’m soooo happy!!

  • 14 6-18-2010 at 4:08 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I wonder will Clint direct him to an Oscar win. I loved the last half of his Shutter Island performance and feel its Oscar worthy.

  • 15 6-19-2010 at 9:34 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    I really hope Clint sticks it to Hoover, and not make him out to be some confused gay-man feeling pressure to conform blah blah blah. Hoover was a criminal. Period. He embodied what was wrong with this country and single handedly regressed it.