All the King's Men (TBA 2006)
A new version of Robert Penn Warren's acclamied novel. The main
character, Willie Stark, played here by Sean Penn (?!) is loosely
based on Huey Long, the famous Louisanna politician of the 1930s.
Plot Summary from Comingsoon.net:
Absolute power corrupts absolutely in writer-director Steven Zaillian's
("Schindler's List") adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's
classic novel "All the King's Men" featuring an all-star
cast led by Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Patricia Clarkson,
James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins. "All the King's
Men" charts the spectacular rise and fall of a charismatic
Southern politician, "Boss" Willie Stark (Penn). Law co-stars
as Jack Burden, the once idealistic, now embittered ex-reporter
who unwittingly fuels Stark's corrupt political ambitions.