The combination of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Steven Spielberg seemed to work out for Lincoln. Oscars were won, audiences became weepy-eyed, and Daniel Day-Lewis got to strut around with a big bushy beard. Now DreamWorks is looking to go two for two with the same creative combo – the studio has just picked up the rights to Goodwin’s “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.”
The book (which comes out next week) details the long and fruitful friendship between Roosevelt and Taft, and how their beautiful bromance was cracked in two when both men desired the presidential nomination in 1912. And while Spielberg might not be attached to direct (at least not yet, anyway), he’ll be involved in some capacity. The Wrap has Spielberg exclaiming his admiration for Goodwin: “Doris has once again given us the best seats in the house where we can watch two dynamic American personalities in a battle for power and friendship.” As well, Goodwin states “I cannot imagine anything better than the prospect of working with [Spielberg and DreamWorks] again.”
Besides picking a director, the next piece of the puzzle is finding two actors with the raw mustache-growing ability to play Roosevelt and Taft. Both were powerful men with powerful facial hair, and finding a sufficiently hairy pair of actors might be a long and taxing process. Day-Lewis proved his upper lip could handle the strain in Gangs of New York – might he be up for another Spielberg/Goodwin go-round?