Clint Eastwood eyes J. Edgar Hoover pic

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing through Imagine

Clint Eastwood is considering directing a biopic about FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, penned by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) and produced by Brian Grazer through Imagine Entertainment.

Project’s not set up at a studio. Universal has put the project — written a year ago by Black — into turnaround after Imagine initially set it up at its home studio.

It’s probable that the Hoover pic would end up at Warner Bros., where Eastwood has produced 35 pics through his Malpaso shingle, as a Malpaso-Imagine production. Imagine exec Erica Huggins will exec produce.

Hoover was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924 and was named head of the FBI when it was founded 11 years later. He remained director until his death in 1972 and came under attack late in his tenure for using the FBI to harass political activists and keeping secret files on leaders.

Eastwood’s in post for Warners on drama “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon.

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