A number of biopics are set to compete, including ones from Gary Ross and Ed Zwick

By Jessica Shaw
Updated July 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Get ready for a battle of the Bobby Kennedy biopics. Pleasantville writer-director Gary Ross is developing a script with novelist Rafael Yglesias (Fearless) about the onetime U.S. attorney general, senator, and presidential hopeful who was assassinated in 1968. Director Ed Zwick (The Siege) and producer Jon Landau (Titanic) are also progressing with a big-screen version, while Ronin director John Frankenheimer is at work on a still-unscheduled RFK miniseries for TNT. ”We’re all so hungry for someone of principle and guts who doesn’t just chase the electorate but is actually a leader,” Ross says of the Kennedy mania. As for the competing projects, Ross shrugs: ”You can’t not do something because someone else is. You do projects you believe in and you just try to work as fast as you can.”