Spielberg and DiCaprio Could Team Up for Lionsgate's Ulysses S. Grant Pic

Angelo Anderson
May 18, 2018

"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".

Deadline has learned that Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg are now in talks to work together again for the first time in over 15 years on a biopic about Union army General Ulysses S. Grant.

When production would be able to start on this project is uncertain, as both Spielberg and DiCaprio have very crowded schedules.

The Lionsgate project will adapt the biography "Grant" by Ron Chernow, with DiCaprio already set to produce through his Appian Way banner after the rights to the book were picked up in November.

Robin Hood scripter David James Kelly will pen the feature, which would be produced by DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. 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.

DiCaprio's next project is Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", set against the backdrop of the 1969 Manson Family murders. These two have a lot going on outside of Grant, but the picture in question is now being reported as a priority project thanks in part to Chernow's Pulitzer Prize-winning status and "Hamilton!" claim to fame, having written the biography that served as source material for Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical. He won two terms as President as a successor to Andrew Johnson and stabilized the economy along with attempting to remove the last vestiges of slavery, which included working to crush the Ku Klux Klan. It would be the second film about the Civil War that Spielberg has directed, following 2012's "Lincoln".

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