THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 is once again without a director as Paul Greengrass has dropped out of the project
Hey Yo, Draven here.
Aaron Sorkin’s script about the 1968 TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 has been floating around since 2007. At one point, it looked like Steven Spielberg was going to make it post INDY 4 but then dropped out over concerns about the budget. Ben Stiller then looked at directing it but couldn’t come to agreement with the studio. Then in July it seemed like it was finally going to get made with Paul Greengrass directing. Not so fast though, as Variety is now reporting that Greengrass has dropped out. The reason for Greengrass dropping out is reportedly that Dreamworks wanted the budget to be no more than $30 million, while Greengrass wanted at least $40 million for the period drama.
Sorkin’s script has generated a significant amount of buzz over the last few years and Dreamworks seems to want to make sure they get a director who will fulfill the potential the script apparently has. They just don’t want to spend the money necessary to get an “A” level director to direct their period drama. It is a bit of a risk for them though as expensive adult dramas aren’t always profitable but if the script is as good as has been rumored they shouldn’t be too worried about profitability. If the film is great and has a lot of buzz people will see it, and $30 million vs. $40 million won’t ultimately matter.
Sorkin’s script for THE SOCIAL NETWORK proved that adult dramas can succeed no matter what the content is. I remember when THE SOCIAL NETWORK was announced and a lot of people laughed it off as “the Facebook movie”. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 certainly sounds more interesting on paper than the formation of Facebook, so I hope Dreamworks puts those financial worries aside and gets a great film out of Sorkin’s script.
Stay tuned though as I am sure Dreamworks will want to move fast to get a replacement. My wishful dream is that we get a SOCIAL NETWORK reunion and for Dreamworks to hire David Fincher.
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