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Clint Eastwood May Be Directing That J. Edgar Hoover Biopic

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March 10, 2010

Clint Eastwood

Remember that J. Edgar Hoover biopic that we wrote about last week? Well, Entertainment Weekly and THR have both confirmed that legendary actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood is interested in directing the project. Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment are developing the film, however Eastwood will start working with Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) on the script, since he typically gets that intimately involved in his projects. The movie will follow Hoover's career, from the founding of the FBI in 1935 to his long tenure as director of the crime-fighting organization that lasted until 1972 when he died.

Hoover, as it will be called, isn't setup at a studio just yet (even though Brian Grazer normally works with Universal). Both sources say that it will probably end up at Warner Bros, which is where Eastwood has a deal and has been releasing his latest films like Gran Torino and Invictus. I'm absolutely amazed that this guy, at 79 years old, can still direct as many films as he does. He recently finished shooting Hereafter with Matt Damon, which will be out this December. And if I have a feeling that if he does direct Hoover, he'll be shooting sometime by the end of the year as well. I'll be very curious to see who he casts as J. Edgar Hoover.

So combine this news with that other bit about Hoover supposedly being a "closeted homosexual and cross-dresser" in addition to founding the FBI and tell me if this is something you want to see. I'm curious, and it will probably be Oscar bait, but I'm not totally sold yet. This is one of those few projects where I'm going to have to wait until we see a trailer and learn more about what exactly we'll be seeing in this before I'll be completely sold. But there is definitely some high caliber talent working on it, to say the least. Thoughts?

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  • loser
    Eastwood is a Legend and this sounds interesting so sign me up
  • Daniel Felts
    Hope he doesn't die before he makes it. You know because celebs die in threes. Hope I didn't jinx it. Lol.
  • People's Champ
    I wasnt much on Invictus, but Torino and especially The Changeling I liked alot. Heard he was going to do a Neil Armstrong movie soon.
  • movie mike
    Keep Billy Crudup as hoover (public ememies)
  • indyjack
    If clint eastwood dies, I'm coming for you number two!
  • eber hart
    ---'Earnest' (i.s. boring) PC by-the-book Eastwood CAN'T find anything fresher to spend time and money on than the done-to-death, dated Boomer era Hoover legacy? -even as millions continue to suffer and die FOR REAL on this, the once again 'mysteriously overlooked' 60th Anniversary of the astoundingly relevant ---indeed, STILL unfolding ---KOREAN WAR? ---IS HE KIDDING?

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