Lionsgate and Leo's Appian Way productions acquired the movie rights to "Grant," the biography by Ron Chernow that writer David James Kelly is adapting.
Before he was the 18th President of the United States, Grant was Commanding General of the Army, leading the Union Army to victory during the Civil War. After Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Johnson was briefly president before Grant was elected and served from 1869 to 1877.
In his book, Chernow argues that Grant's presidency has been viewed in an undeservedly negative light. Jared Harris played Grant in "Lincoln," but it sounds like Leo would take the gig in this film.
If Spielberg and DiCaprio do reteam for this project, it's not clear when it would happen. DiCaprio has Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" up next, among other projects. Spielberg has "Indiana Jones 5" and "West Side Story" up next, plus whatever he's doing with that Blackhawk movie for DC.
However, Deadline's sources called the Grant movie "a priority." So we may be seeing it on screen relatively soon.
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