DreamWorks may make a movie about Theodore Roosevelt's feud with William Howard Taft

DreamWorks may make a movie about Theodore Roosevelt's feud with William Howard Taft

Continuing its mission to educate the masses on all the stuff they missed in history class, DreamWorks has acquired the film rights to a yet-to-be-released book about one of the biggest political feuds of the 20th century: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose previous work became the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

According to DreamWorks, the book (which will be released November 5) “tells the riveting story of two longtime friends who become bitter political opponents. Roosevelt’s fighting spirit and impulsive temperament stood in counterpoint to Taft’s deliberative, conciliatory disposition. Yet, their opposing qualities proved complementary, allowing them to create a rare camaraderie and productive collaboration until their brutal fight for the presidential nomination in 1912 divided them, their families, their colleagues, and their friends. It split the Republican Party in two, and altered the course of American history.”

There's obviously nothing official in the works about a potential film adaptation just yet, given that the book hasn't even been published. But Spielberg released his own statement in support of Goodwin’s work, suggesting a high probability he might like to be involved in one, somewhere down the road. Unofficial reports also suggest Daniel Day-Lewis is currently getting a fourth helping at his local Old Country Buffet, in hopes to gain enough weight to play Taft by 2015.

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