DreamWorks Studios has closed a preemptive deal to re-team on an American historical drama, acquiring film rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's soon-to-be-released book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism."
Goodwin previously collaborated with the studio on "Lincoln," directed by DreamWorks topper Steven Spielberg, based in part on Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."
Woodrow Wilson with Taft running as the Republican incumbent and Roosevelt campaigning as head of the Bull Moose party.
"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 said.
Lincoln received a dozen Oscar nominations with Daniel Day-Lewis winning the Best Actor trophy. The film performed surprisingly well at the box office with worldwide grosses of over $270 million.
"Working with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks on Lincoln seemed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Doris Kearns Goodwin. "I cannot imagine anything better than the prospect of working with them again, this time to bring Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to life."
Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II." She was represented in the deal by ICM.
"Bully Pulpit" is the second major book to be acquired by Hollywood for a feature film adaptation from the World War I era in recent weeks. Warner Bros. picked up feature rights in mid-September to A. Scott Berg's "Wilson" biography and set it up with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way banner as a potential starring vehicle for the "Great Gatsby" actor.
Teddy Roosevelt-William Howard Taft Tome 'Bully Pulpit' Heading For Big Screen At DreamWorks
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