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Taplin rides Roosevelt bio rights

Pic to track president's life from Harvard to wartime

HOLLYWOOD — Jonathan Taplin and daughter Daniela Soto-Taplin have acquired the feature film rights to Edmund Morris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.”

Material will be developed as a biopic and produced by Taplin’s Tapco and the Plum Pictures independent producers’ stable, in which Soto-Taplin is partnered with Galt Niederhoffer and Celine Rattray.

Pic charts Roosevelt’s early years and follows him from his tenure at Harvard to his foray as a cattleman, cowboy and local law enforcer out West and through his term as president of the New York City Police Commission.

Biopic eventually tracks Roosevelt as he storms the shores of Cuba during the Spanish-American War with his legendary Rough Riders, a band of Harvard friends, polo players and cowboys whom Roosevelt personally brought together to form a cavalry unit.

The Plum Pictures team recently acquired life rights to Baltimore cop Angelo Brooks’ story, which gained attention in a “60 Minutes” segment. It also recently sold “The Michael Pellegrino Project” to New Line, based on the true story of a failed Chicago crook who swindled Hollywood.