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Who's Directing THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Now?

Beaks here... Last winter, it looked like Steven Spielberg's first post-INDY 4 movie was going to be THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, an Aaron Sorkin-scripted replay of the chaos that engulfed the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Official reports had Sacha Baron Cohen cast as Abbie Hoffman and Will Smith circling the incendiary role of Bobby Seale. Then Spielberg turned his attention elsewhere (to TINTIN and LINCOLN), and little else was muttered about this once hot property. Until this week, that is, when Paul Greengrass's name started circulating as the new helmer of the high-profile prestige drama (thanks to a listing in Production Weekly). Given his penchant for docudrama (as seen in BLOODY SUNDAY and UNITED 93), Greengrass certainly seemed an ideal candidate to manage what would essentially be an historical recreation (with Sorkin-ized screwball banter?). Is production finally moving forward? Nope. CHUD's Devin Faraci has received word from Greengrass that he will not be directing the film. The culprit? "Timing." So it's back to development hell for THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7.

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  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Brett Ratner?

    by Iowa Snot Client

    I dunno.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by tiltandflip

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    "an historical recreation"

    by tiltandflip

    I know it gets said a lot on here...but proofread your shit. I still love this site though.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    The Whole World is Watching! The Whole World is..

    by Alfred_Packer

    Jeez, now I cant remember the name of the pig they nominated for president. God Bless those lunatic Yippies.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Who really expected...

    by Mosquito March

    ...Spielberg to do this shit, anyway? There was no way he was ever going to sell the inter-dimensional alien judge character.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Erm...what about the film Chicago 10?

    by thelivingdoll

    Not a mention of that here...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    me. i am directing it.

    by frankenfickle

    it's not going to be very good. i apologize in advance.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's best movies in the past ten years...

    by mefrog

    ...have been his serious ones. Catch Me if You Can was fucking awesome, and Munich was generally solid. I wish he'd pick this one up again.

  • This just doesn't seem that interesting.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Have you ever heard of the Seattle 7?

    by zooch

    That was me...and six other guys.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by zooch

    Make that one next!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Ratner wouldn't touch it because its not a sequel or a remake

    by hegele

    and it isn't racist... oh well

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Charlie_Allnut

    Who cares.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I am directing it with my penis.

    by The Winged Doucheman

    It will be renamed "Blowjob the Movie"

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    I'm with Zooch

    by robotdevil

    The prospect of a Jonathan Nolan scripted Spielberg directed movie about cutting edge stuff in quantum physics is what i want to see. Not some baby-boomer-ego-bath. Get on with Interstellar!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    wow.....really -- who gives a fuck?


  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I will do it.

    by mrfan

    All I need is one you panzies to be my assistant.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Non story

    by The Eskimo


  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    And in other news...

    by The Eskimo


  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    and in other news....fuck me does The Spirit look like shit.


    Frank Miller....get ready to say bye bye friend. Your career is over. I'm glad I don't have to see you or your stupid fucking hats much longer.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by mrfan

    I agree 100%.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    How about Zwick?

    by andrew coleman

    I really like his work and he enjoys historical films, well at least movies set in the past don't know if you would call them historical.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    This just in...

    by The Eskimo

    ...Tom Cruise does his best work in ten years when he plays fat bald guy. My how the tables have turned, eh Mavrick?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    zwick is good......or peter weir for this.


  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by Bloo

    for some reason I kept thinking of InnerSpace and I was like "why would Jonathon Nolan be writing the remake of that" now I realize I was wrong<p>as for the topic at hand, ummm...Milos Forman maybe, crap I don't know, or me, I'll do it

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Spielberg needs to...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...forget that Tin Tin crap and make movies for big people. Pixar makes movies for little people. <P> Let them do their job and Spielberg can go back to doing what he should be doing...projects in the vein of Munich, Minority Report and so on...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    How about Michael Bay?

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Pointless Post

    by Ted Brautigan

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Sorkin + Spielberg= Awesome

    by SolidCPlus

    I would have marked out bigtime for a Sorkin Spielberg team. But Lincoln with Liam Neeson sounds pretty cool. It still makes me sad that he's passing on an Aaron Sorkin film to due tintin, come on man, your better than that.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by pr0g2west

    Thats all I want from The Beard.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    The BEST choice to play Abbie Hoffman...

    by Iblis_mage

    Would be Jason Antoon, who played Rufus the cyberhacker guy in Minority Report. Soon as I set eyes on that dude I said, there's Abbie.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    What's Peter Weir doing right now?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Is he available?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I don't even remember...

    by havocSchultz

    The Trial of The Chicago numbers 1 through 6...don't most franchises run dry way before this point...? I mean, look at Leonard Part 6...Maybe Spielberg can do Leonard Part 7 instead...or U-572...