The last time Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio got together, we ended up with Catch Me If You Can, one of the most watchable, deliriously entertaining movies The Beard has ever made. That film - which starred DiCaprio as notorious conman Frank Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the tireless FBI agent determined to bring him down - was outstanding, so much so that we've been waiting for DiCaprio and Spielberg to get back together ever since.
Well, sounds like we won't be waiting much longer:
"Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early discussions to re-team on an epic biopic of Ulysses S. Grant that DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jeniffer Davisson are producing at Lionsgate. I’m told that Spielberg wants to direct DiCaprio in that role in their first collaboration since the 2002 drama Catch Me If You Can."
That's Deadline breaking the news about Spielberg and DiCaprio's would-be Ulysses S. Grant biopic, to be written by David James Kelly and based on Grant, the bestselling biography by Ron Chernow. Deadline goes on to point out the other various projects DiCaprio also currently has in development - Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a Leonardo DaVinci biopic, several possible projects with Martin Scorsese (side note: they don't mention Devil In The White City, and we sincerely hope Scorsese and DiCaprio are still interestedi in making that one) - but let's not forget that Spielberg also has nearly half dozen irons in the fire: his next two projects are Indiana Jones 5 and a modern update of West Side Story, along with The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and a recently-announced DC superhero project by the name of Blackhawk. Oh, and the possibility of an adaptation of Stephen King's The Talisman still isn't out of the question.
Translation: if Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are, in fact, making a Ulysses S. Grant biopic together, it's either A) gonna be a good while before we see it, or B) it'll knock one of these other projects off Spielberg's to-do list. We've been skeptical that Spielberg would actually direct Blackhawk ever since that project was announced, so if we're going with Option B...that's the one we'd expect to get sidelined (or, more likely, handed over to Michael Bay).
Nothing further to report at this time, but we're curious to see how this turns out, and will be keeping an eye on the situation as it develops. Stay tuned for more on Grant (and every other project mentioned above) as further updates become available.