Dustin Lance Black Does J. Edgar Hoover Biopic

3/04/2010 Posted by Admin

Dustin Lance Black Does J. Edgar Hoover Biopic

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") is set to pen "Hoover," a biopic on the life of J. Edgar Hoover for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

According to Pajiba:  The story will follow the career of Hoover from his founding of the F.B.I. in 1935, where he remained as director until his death in 1972.

It's expected to be a warts-and-all look at the man from his successful efforts in the gangland wars of the '30s, his paranoid concern about "subversives," his links with the Mafia and Freemasons, rumors of him being a deeply repressed gay man, and the often dirty and illegal methods he sanctioned to bring down people and organizations he considered threats.

Billy Crudup recently portrayed Hoover in the movie “Public Enemies", which focused, in part, on Hoover’s efforts to bring down John Dillinger.

Hoover is one of the most controversial and interesting figures in American history, so it would be fascinating to see a dramatic film of his life. Considering that Black already has shown he can write an Academy Award-winning biopic with “Milk,” he seems very up to the task of Hoover’s story.

Black is currently in post-production on the Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris drama "What’s Wrong with Virginia," which he wrote and directed.

No director is yet attached.

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