A Kennedy biopic, but a different kind

John F. Kennedy.
John F. Kennedy. –The Boston Globe

Another Kennedy story is coming to the big screen, but this time it seems it’s one of friendship more than family.

British stage director Michael Grandage (“Frozen’’ on Broadway, John Logan’s “Red’’) is slated to direct the upcoming “Jack and Lem,’’ a biopic about the friendship between John F. Kennedy and Kirk Lemoyne “Lem’’ Billings, Deadline reported on Tuesday. Grandage will also produce the film, along with Andrew and Alex Zoppa, under the Michael Grandage Company.

Per Deadline, the film will be an adaptation of David Pitts’s book “Jack and Lem: The Untold Story of an Extraordinary Friendship,’’ with David Scearce signed on as screenwriter. The book follows the story of Kennedy and Billings’s 30-year friendship, which began at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school in Wallingford, Conn., and lasted until Kennedy’s death. Billings was a lifelong confidant of Kennedy and, according to the book, had his own room in the White House for when he stayed over.

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