According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93) is reportedly in talks to direct the long-delayed project The Trial of Chicago 7, based on Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay.
The Trail of Chicago 7 centers on the trial of seven people who were charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot during the Chicago protests that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The clash between the police and demonstrators and the subsequent trial went on to become a defining moment of the ’60s.
The project has been in the works for six years. Back in 2007, Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay for DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg attached to direct. The project, titled Chicago 7 at the time, was pushed back due to the writers strike. Spielberg tried to move the project forward after the strike but soon backed out to focus on other projects. Paul Greengrass was also once attached to direct the film shortly after Spielberg had abandoned the project but backed out as well. Now that Greengrass is back on board, it looks like this project is finally going to get off the ground. I hope it does because with the right cast, this could be quite the film.
No casting announcements have surfaced yet but check back for more updates as soon as they come our way. Paul Greengrass’ next film Captain Philips starring Tom Hanks arrives in theaters on October 11th.