Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Make Ulysses Grant Biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio & Steven Spielberg May Reteam for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio in Early Talks to Reteam for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early talks to collaborate on a Ulysses S. Grant biopic at Lionsgate.

The biopic is now set at Lionsgate and Appian Way after the two picked up the film back in November with David James Kelly (Robin Hood) scripting the film. Appian Way and Lionsgate are keeping the adaptation in the family since David James Kelly, who scripted Otto Bathurst's Robin Hood picture for them, will adapt the biography for the screen. Deadline goes on to point out the other various projects DiCaprio also now has in development - Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a Leonardo DaVinci biopic, several possible projects with Martin Scorsese (side note: they don't mention Devil In The White City, and we sincerely hope Scorsese and DiCaprio are still interestedi in making that one) - but let's not forget that Spielberg also has almost half dozen irons in the fire: his next two projects are Indiana Jones 5 and a modern update of West Side Story, along with The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and a recently-announced DC superhero project by the name of Blackhawk. 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. It would be the second film about the Civil War that Spielberg has directed, following 2012's "Lincoln". DiCaprio, now hopefully well and truly recovered from The Revenant, is getting back into the Quentin Tarantino game with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Spielberg is planning to start production on a fifth "Indiana Jones" film next year, and is also planning a remake of the famous musical "West Side Story", which is now auditioning for roles.

Chernow, who also wrote the Alexander Hamilton biography that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton", will be an executive producer on the project. Where Lincoln allowed him to explore the country's conflict from the highest office in the land, Grant could give Spielberg a more "boots on the ground" military approach. He won two terms as President as a successor to Andrew Johnson and stabilized the economy along with attempting to remove the last vestiges of slavery, which included working to crush the Ku Klux Klan.

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