For years, film critics, movie fans and political pundits have been arguing over Sean Penn's legacy. Is he the best actor of his generation? Is he a diva or a ham as some suggest? Or are those naysayers simply bitter over his activism? Well, now it appears that Hollywood has come to a verdict, as Penn is about to be declared an official 'Genius.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, anyway, which is reporting that Penn is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Max Perkins biopic 'Genius.' The film, which has languished in development hell for the past two years, is being resuscitated by frequent Penn collaborator Bill Pohlad, who has signed on as director. For years, film critics, movie fans and political pundits have been arguing over Sean Penn's legacy. Is he the best actor of his generation? Is he a diva or a ham as some suggest? Or are those naysayers simply bitter over his activism? Well, now it appears that Hollywood has come to a verdict, as Penn is about to be declared an official 'Genius.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, anyway, which is reporting that Penn is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Max Perkins biopic 'Genius.' The film, which has languished in development hell for the past two years, is being resuscitated by frequent Penn collaborator Bill Pohlad, who has signed on as director.

Based on A. Scott Berg's award winning 2008 biography 'Max Perkins: Editor of Genius,' the film, which boasts a script by John Logan ('The Aviator'), focuses on the famed literary editor's relationship with a young Thomas Wolfe, though it is also expected to feature other luminaries from Perkins's time at publishing house Scribner, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

High profile biopics are nothing new for Penn, of course, who was last seen on screen back in 2008 with 'Milk,' which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of slain political leader Harvey Milk.

Since then, Penn has maintained a high profile crusading for earthquake relief in Haiti and on behalf of Gulf Coast residents affected by the BP oil spill. But though he's been absent from theaters for nearly two years he hasn't given up acting, having filmed the political thriller 'Fair Game' and the Terrence Malick drama 'Tree of Life,' both of which were produced by Pohlad, who also provided backing for Penn's 2007 directorial effort 'Into the Wild.'

So is Penn a genius? Or merely a 'Genius?' Tell us what you think. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of a clip from 'Fair Game,' which is set to open in theaters on November 5:




What do you think of Sean Penn?
He's a genius!6 (50.0%)
He's cool, but he's not a genius.4 (33.3%)
He's a communist nutjob!2 (16.7%)
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