‘Black Swan’ director takes on George Washington in new biopic
Los Angeles – Isn’t it about time that a Hollywood motion picture about George Washington hit the silver screen? Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to bring the first United States President to the big screen that will be akin to “Unforgiven.”
Since the advent of film and television, there has only been one George Washington movie (a silent picture made in 1923) and a television mini-series produced in 1984 starring Barry Bostwick as the American General. Academy Award nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream) is attached to produce and direct a screenplay by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist and Accepted) the surrounds the life and career of Washington. Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire “The General.”
Although plot details are relatively unknown at this point, sources have told Variety that it will not be a straight-up historical drama, but rather the story will be quite similar to the 1992 Clint Eastwood picture “Unforgiven.” It is expected that Paramount will sign the deal with Aronofsky’s Protoza Pictures within the next few days. If Paramount does pass up on the script then other distributors have the opportunity to acquire the rights.
A release date has yet to be assigned.
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An Unforgiven style George Washington movie would kick butt! Clint is a bit too old and gaunt to play George (and his voice, that raspy voice, would not rally minutemen I don’t think). So, I hope he isn’t on the short list for casting. Any ideas for the title role? I like Timothy Olyphant…he can play the young George Washington. *swoon*