Paul Greengrass Directing The Trial of the Chicago 7?
Sometime last week, the guys over at MovieWeb broke the news that Steven Spielberg would no longer be directing The Trial of the Chicago 7, the cinematic retelling of the 1968 Democratic National Convention trials. Spielberg's involvement was always sketchy to begin with including an eventual report in February that it would be delayed. Then Spielberg announced that he would be focusing on Tintin and eventually Lincoln, which meant that The Trial of the Chicago 7 was on the backburner. However, that wasn't good enough for the producers, who seemingly wanted to get this made sooner than later (possibly because of this year's Democratic National Convention in Denver). And now Production Weekly via Film School Rejects is reporting that Paul Greengrass will be directing the film. What a mess!
In Production Weekly, which is a magazine that lists films that are starting production, it listed The Trial of the Chicago 7 with all the same names as previous, but with Paul Greengrass as the director instead. We've never heard anything about this before, not even as a rumor, but apparently that's what they've got. For all we know that could be a slip up on there part, but who knows? Rejects goes on to add that Greengrass' schedule is clear for the time being after he finishes work on Green Zone, which is already in post-production. And for clarification, Greengrass is the same guy who brought us The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum as well as United 93. He's a solid director, no doubt, but is he the right guy?
I like Greengrass's work, but at this point I don't care enough about the movie to have an opinion on the director. The whole story is only mildly interesting (it was best portrayed in the documentary called Chicago 10) and I was only initially interested in Spielberg because he did such a good job with Munich. As for Greengrass, sure he can direct great Bourne movies, but that doesn't mean he'll make this entertaining. So far this sounds like a real scoop, so we'll be sure to let you know if it's confirmed or not. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a film written by Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, "The West Wing", Charlie Wilson's War) based on the events and story surrounding the riots from the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Who do you think would be the best director for this project?