Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep are circling “First Man” for Disney.
Pic was scripted by Diane English, who will make her feature directing debut on the pic, being eyed for a 2006 production start.
De Niro would play a Ted Turner-like mogul who puts his career on hold to run a presidential campaign for his wife. When she becomes the first woman to occupy the White House, he’s suddenly faced with a significant role reversal.
Rachel Pfeffer is producing, while De Niro and his Tribeca Prods. partner Jane Rosenthal are also expected to come aboard in producing roles.
Pfeffer and Pfeffer Film veep Asha Kurian hatched the idea and brought it to English, who turned the “First Man” concept into a character comedy.
The dealmaking is expected to begin shortly, following both thesps taking part in a reading of the script last week at the Tribeca Film Center, with an assist from Cynthia Nixon, Kieran Culkin, Bill Irwin, Jeremy Piven and Sarah Paulsen.
Disney prexy Nina Jacobson, supervising exec Jill Morris, Pfeffer and Rosenthal were also on hand.
The big obstacle now is scheduling. Streep has a number of movies lined up, including “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Prairie Home Companion,” while De Niro is preparing to direct “The Good Shepherd.”
DeNiro and Streep previously worked together on “The Deer Hunter,” “Falling in Love” and “Marvin’s Room.”
English has been prepping to direct her scripted remake of the comedy of manners “The Women,” which is now expected to lense after “First Man.”