Dustin Lance Black Set to Write a Biopic on J. Edgar Hoover
After a few big screen portrayals from the likes of Bob Hoskins (in Nixon), Kevin Dunn (in Chaplin) and most recently Billy Crudup (in Public Enemies) it looks like historical figure J. Edgar Hoover will become more than a supporting character onscreen as Pajiba received exclusive word from their inside source that Universal and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment are developing a biopic based on the life of the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Writer Dustin Lance Black (Oscar winner for Milk) will tackle scripting duties on the film, titled Hoover, but there's no details on a director being attached yet.
Hoover founded the FBI in 1935 and is responsible for putting together an elite organization tasked with investigating and preventing the most dangerous, heinous and notorious crimes. Up until his death in 1972, Hoover had fought against famous gangsters, attempted to thwart Communism, and made few friends in his harassing dissenters and building secret files on politicians. At the same time, his work for the FBI was also highly controversial as many felt he was misusing the FBI and became a tyrant of sorts in his investigations.
On the flip side, Hoover was known as a peculiar individual, with many claims and even evidence proving that he might have been a closet homosexual, bisexual and possibly even a transvestite, so aside from Black being a spectacular writer tackling this, he also has bonus experience from working on Milk, which had more than secret undertones about homosexual prominence in the government. I think Hoover has always been a fascinating figure in history, so I can't wait to see how this one pans out. Unfortunately it sounds like it has a lot of development to go through before we see it hit the big screen, but we'll keep you updated on it anyway.