It has certainly been a busy month for Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), at least in terms of announcements. Not only is he part of the team looking to rescue the Captain Planet movie from development limbo, but now news arrives via Deadline that he is set to produce an adaptation of Beth Macy's book Truevine with an eye to star.
Paramount Pictures and DiCaprio's Appian Way company are negotiating to buy the rights to the book, which is subtitled Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother's Quest: A True Story Of The Jim Crow South. It relates the true story of George and Willie Muse, two brothers born to a sharecropper family in Truevine, Virginia. Lured away in 1899 by a white man with sweets, they were kidnapped and turned into circus performers, travelling the world and headlining shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Shown off under a variety of guises including Martians and cannibals, their mother, who initially had no idea what had become of her sons, eventually faced a 28-year quest to get them back.
There is no indication yet on what role DiCaprio would take, but it is still early days for the movie, which has yet to find a writer. And that is assuming the deal goes through. As always, watch this space.