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Eastwood Lining Up J. Edgar Hoover Biopic

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Mar 11, 2010 | 2:38am EST

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood is teaming with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine to line up his next directing project, a biopic of controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

According to the trades, the film was originally set up at Universal, where Imagine has been developing it. Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black wrote the script.

Hoover was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935 and remained its director until his death in 1972. During his tenure, he employed the FBI to harass political activists and used illegal methods to make secret files on leaders. Many biographies also assert he was a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser.

The Hoover project isn't set up at a studio, though it will most likely end up at Warner Bros. as a Malpaso-Imagine production. Malpaso's Robert Lorenz would also serve as a producer in addition to Eastwood and Grazer.

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