After seeing Invictus get rightfully shut out on Oscar night — lets fact it, folks, the movie was bad — director Clint Eastwood is moving on to what is sure to be his next Oscar-grab biopic. This time, he’s bringing his lens back into the confines of the United States, putting focus on the controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
The much talked about project is currently under the watchful eyes of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, with Milk writer Dustin Lance Black already at work on a treatment. There’s no word on whether the film will span Hoover’s entire life, or simply focus on a small part of it, at least not yet.
As you may recall from 9th grade history class, J. Edgar Hoover was one of the principal members of the team that founded the FBI in 1935. He directed the organization until his death in 1972. His legacy is one filled with range, as it were. He was often accused of employing the FBI to harass political activists and use illegal methods to acquire scandalous documents. He was also said to be a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser. No word on whether or not big daddy Eastwood will walk that tightrope, as the film is still in very early stages.
Now to find someone to play J. Edgar Hoover. How about Morgan Freeman?