Director Paul Greengrass to Helm Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

By Will Ashton

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After about five years of circling the project, it appears that Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) is entering final talks to adapt Aaron Sorkin’s script of The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The film, which follows the 1969 trial of seven prominent activists following a Democratic National Convention riots in 1968, has been floating around a number of high-profile directors, including Steven Spielberg and Ben Stiller.

Sorkin signed on to write the script back in 2007, when he began developing the project as Spielberg’s next film. They even got as far as casting, which included Will Smith being approached, Sacha Baron Cohen confirmed, and Taye Diggs, Kevin Spacey, Adam Arkin, Heath Ledger and Philip Seymour Hoffman all reportedly under consideration.

Deadline reports that the project has been revisited by DreamWorks “every two months,” but little progress has been made until now. Should Greengrass sign on, the movie, which will have a budget of $20-30 million, will be on track to shoot this January.

Which calls into question Greengrass’ Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Memphis. Forest Whitaker signed on for the lead part back in May, so many assumed this would be the director’s next feature. But that may not be the case if this film is coming up in the pipeline.

Greengrass’ next film, Captain Phillips, will be released in theaters on October 11.

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