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Steven Spielberg to direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S Grant biopic?

Steven Spielberg to direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S Grant biopic?”

You know what the good, movie-going people of this world are clamoring for Hollywood to give us?

Spielberg has form in the presidential biopic, of course. Sources told Deadline that production companies Lionsgate and Appian Way, which acquired the film rights to Grant past year, see the production of the movie as a priority. Given his and Spielberg's packed future, negotiations will be centered around pinning down when the two can begin work on the project.

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, who last worked together on 2002's Catch Me If You Can, are in early discussions to reteam for a Ulysses S. Grant biopic. We'll stress again that the Grant team-up is still in early discussions since both award-winning filmmakers' schedules will likely be hard to reconcile.

Lionsgate and Leo's Appian Way productions acquired the movie rights to "Grant", the biography by Ron Chernow that writer David James Kelly is adapting.

The 71 year old director has recently released the well-received Ready Player One, and is now preparing to film Indiana Jones 5, as well as working on DC Comics' Blackhawk and a re-make of West Side Story.

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.

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

Spielberg already made a Civil War era movie with Lincoln.

Grant was one of the most complicated military leaders-turned politicians in American history. After Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Johnson was briefly president before Grant was elected and served from 1869 to 1877.



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