LOS ANGELES – Despite the battle of Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo DiCaprio and Winona Ryder, it is now Miramax who has snapped up the rights of Robert Greenfield’s upcoming new book, ‘Timothy Leary: A Biography’ to make it into a biopic. Greenfield's book tells the story of how Leary, a Harvard professor, rose to become a prominent voice of the 1960s anti-establishment movement.
Ryder and DiCaprio were battling with director Darren Aronofsky to be the first with a biopic. Ryder, Leary’s god-daughter and her father Michael Horowitz, Leary’s best friend, signed up to be creative consultants for a forthcoming project by DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way. DiCaprio’s father, comic book writer George DiCaprio, was also a friend of the Harvard University professor and LSD pioneer.
The nutty professor himself, who died in 1996 at the age of 75, is probably laughing his mental laugh down from heaven at the sight of fighting Hollywood about his biopic. Fact is that he actually moved back to Hollywood in the mid-seventies with the hopes that someone would make a movie about his life. He spent a lot of time working the parties looking for movie-makers who would make the Timothy Leary movie and even made a promotional video which talked up the idea of such a film.
It is not known if Appian way and Aronofsky are continuing their biopic projects. Harcourt Books will publish Greenfield's biography on June 6.
Source: Bruce Eisner’s Vision Thing