2007
Steven Spielberg intends to direct
The Trial of the Chicago 7, a cinematic account of the 1968 show trial against the “Chicago Seven“: Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner are charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to countercultural protests against the Vietnam War.

Sacha Baron Cohen is considered for the part of Abbie Hoffman, while Spielberg approaches Will Smith for the role of Bobby Seale, and plans to meet Heath Ledger about the possibility of playing Tom Hayden. The high-profile cast also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Kevin Spacey.

While the screenplay is written by Aaron Sorkin, Hollywood’s Writers Guild of America (WGA) goes on strike for 100 days, and Spielberg bows out.

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