Chris Columbus is planning to direct a feature about Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential run, based on Thurston Clarke's book "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America."

According to Variety, this is his first deal since forming a first-look alliance with India-based Reliance Big Entertainment.

Kennedy's idealistic campaign, which focused squarely on poverty, racism and ending the unpopular Vietnam War, resonated with Columbus and his 1492 partners. While losing his iconic brother made him wary of crowds, Kennedy refused to insulate himself from the public during his run.

That resolve was tested on the day that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and Kennedy was scheduled to speak in Indianapolis.

No production date has been set.