Spielberg and DiCaprio May Reteam on Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Lula Sharp
May 18, 2018

The Hollywood star and director are said to be in early discussions about working on a biopic of former US President Ulysses S. Grant, which DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are in line to produce.

Spielberg has form in the presidential biopic, of course.

The project is being masterminded by Leonardo DiCaprio, via his production company Appian Way, and is based on Ron Chernow's 2017 biography Grant. However, it is not known when he would fit filming into his schedule, as he already has a number of films on his plate.

There's no deal in place for Spielberg to direct, and Lionsgate had no comment on the report. We'll stress again that the Grant team-up is still in early discussions since both award-winning filmmakers' schedules will likely be hard to reconcile.

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DiCaprio's next project is Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," set against the backdrop of the 1969 Manson Family murders. The director is gearing up for the next Indiana Jones movie, which will shoot sometime next year, and is in development on a remake of West Side Story. He is credited for bringing back economic stability in the post-Civil War era along with organised and structural removal of slavery.

Grant, who became the 18th US president, retaining the position for two terms between 1869-1877 was most widely regarded for his military tactical prowess.

The Oscar victor duo will be partnering for this project for the first time since the 2002 hit Catch Me If You Can. Grant crossed paths with other notable names from history of course, crossing strategic sabres with Robert E. Lee, stamping out the Ku Klux Klan, and collaborating with Mark Twain throughout his life.

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