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DreamWorks Acquires Film Rights For Goodwin’s “Bully Pulpit”

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DreamWorks Studios has officially announced this week that the company has acquired the film rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s upcoming novel, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.” Steven Spielberg, one of the principal partners in DreamWorks, will team up with Goodwin again after their Oscar-winning collaboration on Lincoln.

Spielberg and Goodwin worked last year to adapt her novel ” Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” The film later went on to become critically acclaimed. Spielberg said that Goodwin 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.”

There is no word yet on when production will begin on the project. Also the studio has not revealed any other talent attached to work on the film.

The full book description is below:

The gap between rich and poor has never been wider . . . legislative stalemate paralyzes the country . . . corporations resist federal regulations . . . spectacular mergers produce giant companies . . . the influence of money in politics deepens . . . bombs explode in crowded streets . . . small wars proliferate far from our shores . . . a dizzying array of inventions speeds the pace of daily life.

These unnervingly familiar headlines serve as the backdrop for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s highly anticipated The Bully Pulpit—a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.

The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft—a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history.

The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine—Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White—teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S. S. McClure.

Goodwin’s narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials. The correspondence of more than four hundred letters between Roosevelt and Taft begins in their early thirties and ends only months before Roosevelt’s death. Edith Roosevelt and Nellie Taft kept diaries. The muckrakers wrote hundreds of letters to one another, kept journals, and wrote their memoirs. The letters of Captain Archie Butt, who served as a personal aide to both Roosevelt and Taft, provide an intimate view of both men.

The Bully Pulpit, like Goodwin’s brilliant chronicles of the Civil War and World War II, exquisitely demonstrates her distinctive ability to combine scholarly rigor with accessibility. It is a major work of history—an examination of leadership in a rare moment of activism and reform that brought the country closer to its founding ideals.

DreamWorks to Adapt Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

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Dreamworks has officially secured the film rights to the upcoming nonfiction novel, “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek.” The book is set to hit shelves next April and is the result of an eighth-grade journal kept by the now-15-year-old Amy B. Harris, who decided to live her school year based on the advice given in the 1951 self-help book “Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide For Teens.”

Harris presents her thesis for the project in the book intro:

And so, I embark my grand experiment. Every month of this school year I will follow Betty Cornell’s advice on the topics in her book: dieting, hair, makeup, posture, and attitude, among others – no matter how embarrassing or difficult.

I definitely have my work cut out for me. That is if I’m not already beyond help. I am 5’2” with light brown skin that breaks out in acne on a regular basis. I am gawky, slouchy, and just a little bit lumpy. I have non-existent hips and a chest almost as flat as the cover of Betty Cornell’s book. I wear glasses and braces. I do all my clothes shopping at Walmart and second-hand stores. I spend more time on algebra than I do on my hair.

Maybe things will change. Can popularity advice from more than half a century ago still be relevant? I’ll find out. Crazier things have happened, right? Men have walked on the moon and society has found a way to grow square watermelons.

Betty Cornell has become my new soul mate, and I am married to her every word. For better or worse.”

Amy B. Harris, previously worked on”Sex and the City,” and “The Carrie Diaries,” will adapt the screenplay with Andrew Lazar and Kristie Macosko producing.

DreamWorks Eyes The Grapes of Wrath

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John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” could be heading to the big screen once again. A new film adaptation is currently in the early stages of planning according to a report from Deadline. It was also reported that DreamWorks is the company behind the talks with Steven Spielberg planned to be the producer.  Continue reading

Helen Mirren Joins The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Helen Mirren has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Lasse Hallstrom-directed DreamWorks’ culinary movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. The Oscar-winning actress was cast in one of the two main roles while the second role was filled by relative unknown Manish Dayal. Continue reading

Need For Speed Adaptation Adds Michael Keaton

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The popular racing game is now getting its own full length movie and DreamWorks has announced that Michael Keaton will be joining the project. The film adaptation has already cast Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi. Continue reading