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Martin Scorsese in talks to direct George Washington biopic The General

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Story by Jack Foley

MARTIN Scorsese is reportedly considering directing a biopic on former US President George Washington.

The General would take the form of a gritty look at Washington’s time as a general, when he is tasked with leading a dying army to safety during the revolutionary war.

According to the Tracking Board, Scorsese is keen on the script, which has been written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who recently worked on the sci-fi sequel Allegiant.

The project was originally being directed by Darren Aronofsky, who went on the record to compare the script to that of Clint Eastwood’s award-winning Unforgiven.

But it remains to be seen whether Scorsese will find time in his busy schedule.

The director has a number of projects in various stages of development, including Jesuit priest drama, Silence, which tells the true story of a 17th Century Christian missionary in Japan, played by Liam Neeson, who is forced to recant his faith.

He is also rumoured to be reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio for a film based on the life of serial killer HH Holmes and is also due to produce a drama about Rolls Royce for director Asif Kapadia. The long-gestating gangster drama I Heard You Paint Houses – aka The Irishman – is also due to be happening, which would reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro.

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