Marc Forster Helming The Chancellor Manuscript

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Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland) is attached to direct The Chancellor Manuscript for Paramount, says Variety. Peter O’Brien will adapt the Robert Ludlum political thriller.

The following is how the publisher describes the book:

Did J. Edgar die a natural death?… or was he murdered?

Inver Brass—a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals who see a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover’s unethical use of his scandal-ridden private files. They decide to do away with him—quietly, efficiently, with no hint of impropriety. Until best-selling thriller writer Peter Chancellor stumbles onto information that makes his precious books like harmless fairy tales. Now Chancellor and Inver Brass are on a deadly collision course, spiraling across the globe in an ever-widening arc of violence and terror. Hurtling toward a showdown that will rip Washington’s intelligence community apart—leaving only one damning document to survive…

The project is being developed as a Leonardo DiCaprio starring vehicle. Douglas Wick is producing “Chancellor Manuscript” alongside DiCaprio.