The project was originally set up at New Regency, which has since put it in turn-around. It caught the attention of Endgame CEO Jim Stern, who has always had a deep interest in the late Senator and presidential candidate.
“I was always drawn to his brand of leadership and his brand of passion and where he came out on issues,” Stern told Variety.
Stern added that another reason he wanted to do the film was the opportunity to finally work with Ross.
“I really thought ‘Pleasantville’ and ‘Seabiscuit’ were great films and I really believe this film could hearken close to both of those projects,” Stern said.
Ross, who also directed “The Hunger Games,” will also produce the pic with his wife Allison Thomas and Bob Cooper who will produce through his Landscape Entertainment banner. Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”) is currently doing a re-write on the script.
Hollywood has been trying for years to do a biopic about the former attorney general (Emilio Estevez’s 2006 film “Bobby” focused on the day of Kennedy’s 1968 assassination at the Ambassador Hotel). Stern wouldn’t divulge details about the project, but said the film will include how Kennedy dealt with the loss of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, as well as his own spiritual renewal.
“What we are trying to do here is take a snapshot of that incredible period in his life when he steps out of his brother’s shadow and into the spotlight,” Stern said.
The project is still pending a final script, cast and production start date.
Endgame is currently funding and producing the Ryan Reynolds pic “Selfless,” which Focus Features is distributing.