Ever since the 2002 release Catch Me If You Can, two Hollywood giants, Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, are yet to reunite. The wait might be terminated by the adaptation of Grant, a bestselling novel from the author Ron Chernow that is being penned by Logan-writer David James Kelly for Lionsgate and Appian Way. DiCaprio has been taking the break ever since the grueling work that earned him an Oscar for The Revenant, and Spielberg is set to be directing the new Indiana Jones flick and West Side Story re-make after this year’s Ready Player One, a project that also proved to be tough for the legendary director.
With Catch Me If You Can, both artists brought their best work to the table and the film went on to receive critical and commercial success, being nominated for Best Supporting Role (for Christopher Walken) and Best Score (for John Williams) at the Academy Awards. Grant already has the benefit of the doubt with Kelly being one of the most desirable writers in town and DiCaprio and Spielberg’s early talks of collaboration are proofs of the project’s demand. While hype is being built around their involvement, scheduling proofs to be a tough thing to manage when planning for two of the busiest people in the industry. DiCaprio is already set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the actor’s first return to the screen since his Oscar-winning performance. Tarantino’s film will follow the lives of an actor and his stunt partner, navigating themselves in the messy scene of late 60s Hollywood, with the Mason murders set as the background element of the plot.
Appian Way has also lined up another historic epic, this one about Teddy Roosevelt being adapted by Scott Bloom for Martin Scorsese to direct.