Joan Didion penning a Katharine Graham biopic for HBO

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Outside of journalists, Katharine Graham still isn't that well-known. But for those in the industry, she remains a hero if only for her Washington Post leadership during the Watergate Scandal and her support of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during their investigation.

Variety writes that HBO is developing a film around Graham's life and the odd turns it took.  While HBO hasn't had too much luck with its series as of late, the network's films division remains vibrant. Best of all, the work is being written by National Book Award-winning writer Joan Didion. Didion has some experience as a screenwriter (even if none of the films she worked on were particularly noteworthy), and though it's still a bit tentative, Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) is attached to direct. Likewise, Laura Linney is currently "circling the project."

HBO  Films has been careful to note that the project is still in pre-production, but the company usually works relatively quickly, so this could come out before the end of next year if all the pieces fall together.

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