Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Spielberg and DiCaprio Could Team Up for Lionsgate's Ulysses S. Grant Pic

Leonardo DiCaprio. Facebook Leonardo DiCaprio. Facebook
Lora Ball | 18 May, 2018, 15:32

Appian Way and Lionsgate acquired the rights to the picture late previous year, and Spielberg is said to be keen to direct DiCaprio again, after their last picture together: 2002's "Catch Me If You Can".

Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who last worked together on 2002's "Catch Me If You Can", are in early talks to re-team for a Ulysses S Grant biopic.

The movie is to be adapted by David James Kelly from Ron Chernow's biography "Grant".

Grant was a commanding general in the army before becoming president, serving during the Civil War and helping the Union to victory over the confederates under President Abraham Lincoln.

This will not be the first time that Spielberg will be working on an American President's biopic.

As for DiCaprio, he was last seen in The Revenant which finally had him bring home his coveted Oscar.

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Grant, who became the 18th U.S. president, retaining the position for two terms between 1869-1877 was most widely regarded for his military tactical prowess.

The film will follow former Western TV series star Rick Dalton and stunt double Cliff Booth as they try to make their way in the late 1969 Hollywood, set against the backdrop of the infamous Manson Family murders.

For Spielberg, Grant could offer the opportunity to reframe the U.S. Civil War.

The Oscar victor duo will be partnering for this project for the first time since the 2002 hit Catch Me If You Can.

Meanwhile, Spielberg has just finished promoting Ready Player One and is now starting work on a remake of 1961's West Side Story and an adaptation of book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

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