During the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, there were massive demonstrations against the Vietnam War, which was reaching its peak. When a curfew was finally instated, this led to even further protests, eventually leading to a police riot. Following this, seven of the demonstrators were tried for conspiracy.
When Steven Spielberg was attached to direct, he was planning on meeting with Heath Ledger to discuss the role of Tom Hayden. Ledger passed away the day before he was scheduled to meet with Spielberg.
Ben Stiller is directing the movie, Steven Speilberg is producing it.So the movie is going to be an intelligent drama directed and produced by these two intellectuals.