Clint Eastwood has set “Hoover”, the Dustin Lance Black-penned biopic about former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, as his next project says The Hollywood Reporter.
Initially setup at Universal, the project is currently without a studio. With Eastwood coming onboard as director though, it’ll likely go to Warner Bros. Pictures where his Malpaso production company is set up.
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 success efforts in the gangland wars of the 30’s, 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 organisations he considered threats.
Brian Grazer is still attached to produce the film which best guess would follow Eastwood’s regular pattern of shooting around the end of the year for a late next year release. Eastwood is currently in post-production on “Hereafter” which hits theatres in the Fall.