Clint Eastwood to Direct J. Edgar Hoover Biopic

By Mar 15, 2010 Comment (8)

J. Edgar Hoover, Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood will next direct a biopic of controversial first director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover in a project being developed by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment says The Hollywood Reporter.

The Academy Award-winning director recently completed work on the supernatural drama Hereafter with Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard, and he’s already circling his next project.

The script, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk Dustin Lance Black, was written a year ago and still seems fit enough to remain the working copy.

J. Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the FBI of the United States. He was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972. Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a large and efficient crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modern innovations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. Late in life, and after his death, Hoover became an increasingly controversial figure. His critics have accused him of exceeding the jurisdiction of the FBI.

The most recent portrayal of Hoover on film was in 2009’s Public Enemies. Billy Crudup played the FBI director who guided Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) through the hunt for Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger (Johnny Depp).

THR says the project used to be set up at Universal, however currently there’s no studio attached. It’s likely, given Eastwood’s long-standing relationship with the studio, that the Hoover film will wind up at Warner Bros.

Would you like to see Clint Eastwood direct this biopic? Who should be cast as J. Edgar Hoover?

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  • eber hart says:

    Eastwood, like the rest of Hollywood, continues to
    canniballize the already done-to-death of American
    culture —while neatly ignoring the gagrgantuan
    moral implications of their decades of catering and
    suck-up with their ‘fave’ mass market —better known
    as history’s –MOST– awesomely genocidal regime
    —ACROSS the Pacific –even as millions continue to suffer and die on this, the once again ‘mysteriously overlooked’ 60th Anniversary of the epically, urgently relevant —indeed, STILL unfolding —-KOREAN WAR.

    SORRY Clint! —we ain’t buyin’ it!

  • tiger tim says:

    Eastwood, himself a Korea era draftee who managed to
    NEVER see Korea has completely bauloked ANY address
    of the staggeringly important, urgently relevant
    60th Anniversary of the KOREAN WAR —this year.

    Seems Dirty Harry’s a COP OUT!


  • louis forgione says:

    Did he realy kill john dilenger? yere right!

  • Louis T. Forgione says:

    Louis T. Forgione       Huey Long ,  Tesler, J.FK……….   I guess That makes him a Made-Man??                                                                                 

  • Anonymous says:

    Good Luck with the movie ,I not sure who Killed Tesler, but he was murdered , I dated A girl named Hoover Who lived next door to LBJ She was in hiding … Louis T.

  • louis t. forgione says:

    Good Movie. Very good , I liked the way you estabileshed where,and how he came to be, how the FBI came from his and Helen metitulous work , his loyalty, their devotion,his mothers beleaf and vision of who he is to be ,, The moment ,and time is perferce ,, the art derection is great , His relationshipes are depected perfictly .I think your directed it masterfully, you came along way from”Frances The Talking Mule”and Maverrrick. Thank You !

  • Louis T. Forgione says:

    Clint …..”time to run for vice pres. with Ron Paul”

  • Anonymous says:

    Fema camps …… Bomb …..them !…..not ewojemea ….. why do they have them? Cool moive Idear.

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