Tom Hooper is set to direct a biopic about the legendary Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham which is being produced later this year by Laura Ziskin for HBO Films.

Joan Didion (The Year Of Magical Thinking) is scripting the film from Carol Felsenthal's 1993 biography Power, Privilege And The Post: The Katharine Graham Story.

Hooper has become a firm favourite at HBO Films. He directed the mini-series Elizabeth I starring Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons which won multiple Emmies and Golden Globes; the feature Longford starring Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton; and the upcoming miniseries John Adams starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.

The book covered Graham's life as a crusader for the freedom of the press who defied President Nixon in probing the Watergate affair which was broken by Washington Post reporters. It also documents her troubled private life as the victim of emotional abuse from her mother and husband.

The film will start shooting after Hooper finishes John Adams. 'Hopefully sometime in the fall,' Ziskintold ScreenDailywho is in the UK launching Spider-man 3.

Casting on the role of Graham has yet to begin.