Back in November, prior to the release of Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, we here at Cinema Blend crafted an editorial making arguments for five historical legends we think are worthy of the biopic treatment. Among those we mentioned was George Washington, the general who helped the colonies claim victory over the British and served as the first president of the United States of America. It's borderline tragic that we've gone this long without a major modern movie telling Washington's tale, but fortunately it looks like the wait may finally be over.
Paramount Pictures is now in negotiations to pick up the project The General, a biopic about George Washington that currently has Darren Aronofsky attached to direct. Variety says that the script was written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage and Aronofsky is also signed on to produce. It should be noted that while Paramount is in talks now, should things not work out with the studio in the next few days the project could go to another company interested in backing the movie. While details about the plot aren't available yet, the film is described as being more like Unforgiven rather than being a straight-forward biopic.
So we ask for Hollywood to make a biopic about George Washington and what we get is an Unforgiven-style story directed by Darren Aronofsky? If that isn't the power of positive thinking, I don't know what is. The director does have Noah scheduled as his next project so it may be a while before we actually get to see The General on its feet, but I have a feeling that it could be worth the wait.
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