Looks like director Clint Eastwood has put another directing gig in his pipeline, this time he will tackle the controversial true story of J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the FBI. This is the same J. Edgar Hoover film project that we reported on earlier this month that was being written by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. The project is being set up at Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer producing.
The film isn't set up to be distributed by any studio yet, but chances are if Eastwood is directing, Warner Bros. will pick it up. Every film he directs is distributed by Warner Bros. His production company MalPaso is located on the WB lot.
Eastwood is one of my favorite directors, and I think he will do a fantastic job with a project like this. The guy is truly a master storyteller, and an incredible filmmaker that is able to get incredible performances from his actors. I'm excited to see what Eastwood does with this story.
Here's a little rundown of who J. Edgar Hoover was:
J. Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (FBI) of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972. Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a large and efficient crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modern innovations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories.
Late in life, and after his death, Hoover became an increasingly controversial figure. His critics have accused him of exceeding the jurisdiction of the FBI. He used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders, and to collect evidence using illegal methods. It is because of Hoover's long and controversial reign that FBI directors are now limited to 10-year terms.