Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg are currently in early talks to reunite on a blockbuster biopic of Ulysses S. Grant for Lionsgate.
The film would be adapted from the Ron Chernow biography after Lionsgate and Appian Way acquired movie rights to Grant towards the end of 2017. Spielberg is said to be more than keen to direct DiCaprio in the biopic which is being adapted by David James Kelly. This would mean it’s the first time DiCaprio and Spielberg have worked together since 2002’s Catch Me if You Can.
DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson will be producing at Lionsgate.
Grant was one of the most complicated military leaders-turned politicians in American history. After resigning from the Army due to alcoholism, he had another turn under Abraham Lincoln, becoming his most trusted Army General. Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy under the supervision of Lincoln. As the 18th President of the United States (1869–77) Grant led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery during Reconstruction.
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If a deal is struck with the pair, the next question would surely be when would either of the pair be free in the not too distant future to work on the project. Both men have a pretty hectic schedule for the foreseeable future. Spielberg has a new Indiana Jones and West Side Story already lined up as his next two ventures. DiCaprio, after taking a well-earned break after his award-winning performance in The Revenant, will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. He is also in development on a number of projects including a Leonardo Da Vinci production, which is based on the Walter Isaacson book, at Paramount and a Teddy Roosevelt film. So it’s safe to say, this production could be a long way off before it hits the big screen.