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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Eastwood's J Edgar Hoover biopic?

Clint Eastwood is in talks about a J Edgar Hoover film
Clint Eastwood is in talks about a J Edgar Hoover film

Clint Eastwood is in negotiations to direct a biopic about FBI founder J Edgar Hoover.

The Oscar-winning film-maker is teaming up with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment on the project, from a script written by Milk's Dustin Lance Black, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The FBI was founded in 1935 and turned into an efficient crimefighting organisation.

The subject of the film remained in his position as first director of the FBI until his death in 1972, but behind his public persona it was revealed he employed the FBI to harass political activists and used illegal methods to make secret files on leaders. Many biographies also claim he was a closet homosexual and cross-dresser.

The project currently isn't linked to a studio, although Warner Bros is touted as likely, as that is where Clint's Malpaso production company is based.

There is also a small connection between the FBI founder and the studio - Warner hired him to act as a consultant on its 1959 movie The FBI Story and on the ABC spinoff series The FBI.

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