Mann brought scriptwriter John Logan to the project and after much discussion they decided to concentrate on Hughes's life between 19, when he was a pioneering filmmaker and aviator.Warren Beatty and others have toyed for years with the idea of a film about Hughes, but none came off the drawing board.
Michael Mann was exhausted and needed a break from directing, having just finished filming Ali, so Di Caprio took the idea to Martin Scorsese, with whom he had worked on Gangs of New York.
Leonardo Di Caprio and Toni Garrn appear to be back on!
Both Toni, 25, and Leonardo, 42, are in the New York City area, and were seen leaving a nightclub holding hands early in the morning on Saturday (September 9).
Because Scorsese has never liked flying, Di Caprio ripped off the title page before presenting him with the script.
He need not have worried as Scorsese was riveted by Hughes's adventures and the story of greed, corruption and madness that surrounded them. The Aviator begins shortly after Hughes's arrival in Hollywood to film Hell's Angels, which, at a cost of million, was at the time by far the most expensive film ever made.