DreamWorks Doing Film on Some Other, Fatter Presidents Now
With Lincoln, DreamWorks earned a bunch of acclaim and a surprisingly impressive box office take to go with it. But you know what assumedly gets more awards and sells more tickets than one president? Two to three presidents. Right? So, now the studio has bought another presidentially-focused book from Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln largely influenced Spielberg's film.
This one's called The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, and as its name implies, it looks at presidents Roosevelt and Taft in the years leading up to the 1912 elections. The two had once been friends and collaborators but then ran against each other on the Republican and Bull Moose party tickets, leading to a fierce rivalry that resulted in pointed political cartoons and, years later, delightfully-playful shoving around the bases of the Washington Nationals' ballpark.
Ultimately, both lost to Woodrow Wilson anyway, dealing a huge blow to fat guys with mustaches; their confidence would only years later be restored by the arrival of Ron Jeremy.
"Doris has once again given us the best seats in the house where we can watch two dynamic American personalities in a battle for power and friendship," Spielberg reporetdly said, though he isn't attached to direct, and nor is anyone else as of yet. It also isn't clear who we'll throw Oscars at for gaining 50 pounds.