Martin Scorsese May Direct ‘Gritty’ George Washington Biopic

Alex Pompliano
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Man, Martin Scorsese doesn’t stop. The 73-year-old auteur dropped a late-period masterpiece in 2013 with The Wolf of Wall Street, and hasn’t slowed down since. He’s dabbled in a couple of documentaries, directed the pilot episode of HBO’s Vinyl, and his latest film Silence (starring Liam Neeson and Adam Driver) drops this November.

Now The Guardian has reported Scorsese’s next project might be a biopic of America’s first president, George Washington. According to them, The General follows Washington’s life "as a general as he is tasked with leading a dying army to safety during the revolutionary war.”


OK, that sounds pretty cool. Who wrote the script? Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Uh, who? They both wrote AllegiantThe Transporter Refueled, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Tower Heist together. Um… Those are awful films. I can say nothing positive about them. *Hype detensifies*

Though I’m a huge Scorsese fan, I have a really bad taste in my mouth for presidential biopics. Namely because the snoozefest that was Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. (Seriously, how does one of the best directors make a boring-ass movie starring the best actor, Daniel-Day Lewis, about one of the most awesome presidents? C’mon!)

But there is a beacon of hope. Apparently, The General was originally going to be directed by Darren Aronofsky, who likened the screenplay to Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. Okay, I’m back in!

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