Post by willie with tan lines on Oct 21, 2017 12:50:14 GMT -8
The actor, who is attached to star as the 28th president, also will produce the adaptation of "Wilson" with his Appian Way partner, Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
Woodrow Wilson could very well be the next president elected for big-screen treatment.
Warner Bros. is in early negotiations to pick up the rights to Wilson, the just-released biography of the 28th president by A. Scott Berg. Leonardo DiCaprio, who is attached to star as Wilson, will also produce the adaptation with Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Berg.
The book, which hit shelves last week, has received generally positive reviews for its intimate portrait of Wilson, who was elected president in 1912 and guided the nation through World War I.
Berg offers up a heroic, larger-than-life Wilson, emphasizing his progressive achievements like the creation of the Federal Reserve and his crusade in support of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations while downplaying his weak record on civil liberties and civil rights for African Americans. Wilson remains a deeply controversial figure to professional historians and a villain to many on the right (notably Glenn Beck).
Berg's Wilson offers several well-narrated dramatic moments that could serve as the basis for a film: Wilson's 1919 barnstorming tour of America to build support for the League of Nations that led to his stroke might be the most obvious. Other contenders include his romancing of Edith Galt and their 1915 White House wedding (Wilson's first wife died in 1914, one year into his term. He's the last president to marry in the White House), the 1912 campaign and the decision to enter the war in 1917. ...