Isn't it about time that a Hollywood motion picture about George Washington hit the silver screen? Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to bring the first United States President to the big screen that will be akin to "Unforgiven."
Since the advent of film and television, there has only been one George Washington movie (a silent picture made in 1923) and a television mini-series produced in 1984 starring Barry Bostwick as the American General.
Academy Award nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream) is attached to produce and direct a screenplay by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist and Accepted) the surrounds the life and career of Washington. Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire “The General.”
Although plot details are relatively unknown at this point, sources have told Variety that it will not be a straight-up historical drama, but rather the story will be quite similar to the 1992 Clint Eastwood picture “Unforgiven.”
It is expected that Paramount will sign the deal with Aronofsky’s Protoza Pictures within the next few days. If Paramount does pass up on the script then other distributors have the opportunity to acquire the rights.
A release date has yet to be assigned.
If the picture fails, Aronofsky has several other projects to focus his attention on. He is in the pre-production stage of his epic picture “Noah,” which is about the Biblical figure. Russell Crowe will star as Noah, while Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Connelly have been rumored to star in the movie.
It has also been reported that Aronofsky is currently involved with the Judy Garland biopic “Get Happy,” Warner Bros.’ science-fiction drama “Human Nature” and Fox Searclight’s “Jackie.”
Aronofsky is recently coming off the success of his critically acclaimed 2010 picture, “Black Swan,” which generated more than $300 million globally in box office sales and picked up five Academy Award nominations, including Best Director.