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Tuesday, September 13, 2005


THE RISE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT, MARTIN SCORSESE AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO 



Have you ever become nervous when you heard that your favorite book has been optioned for a Hollywood movie? If so, I now know how you felt. Filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are going to adapt Edmund Morris's wonderful biography of Theodore Roosevelt. The book, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" was an exciting, inspiring and thrilling account of our most interesting president.

Theodore Roosevelt was a man of many interests. Unlike many politicians today who make their political office the sole vessel of their efforts and ambitions, Theodore Roosevelt was interested in nature, the environment, history and many other disciplines.

While I consider Abraham Lincoln to be our greatest president, Theodore Roosevelt is my favorite president. His love of life, enthusiasm for everything he got involved with and devotion to his family and country clearly come across in Morris's excellent biography. I encourage all readers to read "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and I hope that the upcoming film treats the man with respect and if so, is a success.
Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will team up again for a Paramount Pictures film about U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

The film based on Edmund Morris' Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," will focus on the formative years of the 26th president, as he reinvented himself from a slight and privileged New York politician with a Harvard degree to the burly commander of the Rough Riders, Daily Variety reported Monday.

DiCaprio and Scorsese are currently working on their third film together, "The Departed," the Warner Bros. remake of the Hong Kong crime drama "Infernal Affairs." The duo previously teamed for "Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator."



Washington Times: DeCaprio, Scorsese to take on Roosevelt

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