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Is there something that Leonardo DiCaprio would like to tell us? Perhaps the fact that he has a secret twin named, let’s say, Michelangelo, who runs around Hollywood impishly signing his superstar brother up for an absurd number of projects? Because it seems like every other day, there’s a fresh report about a new film that Leo has signed on to make with his banner, Appian Way—to the point where we’re getting concerned about the Oscar winner’s sleep schedule.
Case in point: on Tuesday, word broke that DiCaprio is teaming up once again with beloved collaborator Martin Scorsese for a Teddy Roosevelt biopic, which will star Leo as the rough-and-ready president. DiCap is also set to produce alongside Jennifer Davisson for Appian Way. Per Variety, Paramount is currently negotiating the pitch for the film, which will tell the story of the famous, fiery president’s life.
That report arrived on the heels of news that DiCaprio is signing on for another Paramount project, this time a biopic of the great Leonardo Da Vinci himself (DiCaprio’s literal namesake!). Leo will also star in and produce the film, which will be based on the upcoming Walter Isaacson book of the same name.
It also also arrived on the heels of reports that Warner Bros. is trying to court the newsboy cap-addicted star to join its upcoming Joker origin film, produced by Scorsese. Of course, this one seems far less likely to actually happen—though Leo could be holding out because he’s actually partial to Marvel comics, and is hoping to play Stan Lee in another biopic. (Grain-of-salt alert: that last tidbit comes from, well, Stan Lee.)
The bottom line: ever since his Oscar win, the actor seems to have gone a little development crazy. The last two years have been full of headlines about new projects he’s signed onto willy-nilly, including two other adaptations he’s working on with Scorsese: The Devil in the White City and Killers of the Flower Moon.
In October 2016, back-to-back reports indicated that DiCaprio is also working on developing a Captain Planet movie and an adaptation of the book Truevine, a true-crime story about two albino African-American brothers who were kidnapped in 1899 and put on display in circuses.
In this moment, we are all just Oprah, looking deeply into Leo’s eyes and asking, “What is the truth?” Which of these numerous projects will actually see the light of day—and the dark of a crowded theater? It goes without saying that in Hollywood, projects tend to come and go, stirring up some buzz before eventually falling by the wayside. We’ll always hold a special place in our collective hearts for the movies that could have been, like the Alain Resnais-Stan Lee collaboration that never was, or the Brad Pitt spoof movie about a rising actor named Chad Schmidt (this is real, look it up!).
So the sad truth is that we may never see some of the movies DiCaprio is Diveloping. Which is fine—as long as he actually makes that Da Vinci movie, because that is the kind of full-circle story everybody needs.
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