Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Just days ago we told you about a proposed biopic of original FBI director J. Edgar Hoover that is being written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black. Now the film has a director attached, and it isn’t who I expected to hear signing on. Clint Eastwood is now attached as the film looks for a studio home.
THR reports that, while Black wrote the screenplay for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment under the auspices of a deal with Universal, that studio put the film into turnaround. So the Hoover biopic is now looking for a new studio. Given the fact of Eastwood’s attachment it isn’t difficult to guess that we’ll see the film wearing a Warner Bros. shield, since his own production company Malpaso is based at WB.
Beyond that, we don’t have a lot more info than when I last covered the project. I’m oddly ambivalent about having Eastwood on this. While, in general, he can certainly turn out a competent, confident film, and attract a high-caliber cast, I’m concerned about this one having an Invictus-level feeling of lethargy. I have a long-standing respect and admiration for Eastwood, and love the fact that he is a very active director as he’s about to turn 80. But he isn’t always the most passionate director we’ve got going, so the question is: do you want to see an even-handed look at Hoover, or one that pushes the depiction of America’s most famous lawman a little bit?
It’s that aspect of being able to attract a hell of a cast that interests me. Eastwood’s movies have turned into an Oscar machine for actors, so don’t doubt for a second that he’ll pull some serious talent to this. But who plays Hoover? I have no good guesses, based mostly on the fact that we don’t know what period (or periods) of the FBI director’s life the film will cover.Cool Posts From Around the Web: