Paul Greengrass in Talks to Direct Aaron Sorkin's 'Trial of the Chicago 7'
by Ethan Anderton
July 24, 2013
Back in 2008, DreamWorks had tapped Steven Spielberg to direct Aaron Sorkin's script The Trial of the Chicago 7, the story which chronicles the trial surrounding seven defendants charged by the Nixon administration with a variety of crimes following the riots that took place 1968 Democratic National Convention. But the project fell apart due to the Writers Guild strike and Screen Actors Guild strike, and Spielberg decided to focus on The Adventures of Tintin and eventually Lincoln. However, The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass once flirted with the project, and now Deadline reports he's back in.
Greengrass is reportedly in final talks to direct the film, but no casting is surfacing yet. Previously, names like Will Smith, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kevin Spacey and more, but it's not clear if they might come back to the project. Greengrass got involved with the project in 2008 after Spielberg left it behind, but he ended up falling away as well. Ben Stiller once circled the film, but that never worked out either. It sounds like this project might finally get off the ground, and with a script from Sorkin, that's good news for cinephiles. Hopefully a cast comes together soon as well, and we can get really excited. In the meantime, we can look forward to Greengrass' film Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks.