The project was originally set up at New Regency, which has since put it in turn-around. It caught the attention of Endgame CEO Jim Stern, who has always had a deep interest in the late Senator and presidential candidate.
“I was always drawn to his brand of leadership and his brand of passion and where he came out on issues,” Stern told Variety.
Stern added that another reason he wanted to do the film was the opportunity to finally work with Ross.
“I really thought ‘Pleasantville’ and ‘Seabiscuit’ were great films and I really believe this film could hearken close to both of those projects,” Stern said.
Ross, who also directed “The Hunger Games,” will also produce the pic with his wife Allison Thomas and Bob Cooper. Steven Knight