In between Pineapples, a grown man who dresses like a bat, and a dude who medically changes his skin color, Variety has posted about some folks who are looking for more historical projects:
  • On this shore, word has broke that Chris Columbus will direct a feature about Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential run, based on Thurston Clarke's book The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. Columbus is adapting the work himself, and might ask another scribe to co-write if schedules allow. The film will center on the campaign, "which focused squarely on poverty, racism, and ending the unpopular Vietnam War," while also showing the man's strength and fearlessness in the wake of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassinations.
  • Meanwhile, the China Film Group is jumping far back in time for a $22 million biopic on Confucius, which will be released next year on October 1, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and Confucius' 2,560th birthday. Hu Mei will direct the film, which heads into production this November, but no cast has been set yet. Hu says: "Confucius exists as a saint in many people's hearts. Almost every Chinese remembers his famous sayings, but not everyone can see him as an ordinary person and imagine his daily life." And if you dig Confucius' work, there's more -- "A big-budget toon biopic is also in the works." Now THAT sounds different...
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