Summit Entertainment has grabbed the distribution rights for Doug Liman’s Fair Game. The film is based on the memoir by outed CIA Agent Valerie Plame and centers on the leaking of her cover by the Bush administration as a repercussion for her husband and former ambassador Joseph Wilson, penning an editorial in the New York Times disputing the administration’s claim of WMD in Iraq. The title comes from a quote by top Bush advisor Karl Rove on why it was okay to retaliate in such a disturbing/short-sighted/childish/evil manner.
Fair Game, which stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn as Plame and Wilson, respectively, was accepted into this year’s Cannes Film Festival and is the only U.S. film playing in competition. According to Variety, interest in the distribution rights grew after the film’s acceptance into Cannes. Hit the jump for the official book description.
Here’s the official product description of Fair Game [via Amazon]:
On July 6, 2003, four months after the United States invaded Iraq, former ambassador Joseph Wilson’s now historic op-ed, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa,” appeared in The New York Times. A week later, conservative pundit Robert Novak revealed in his newspaper column that Ambassador Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a CIA operative. The public disclosure of that secret information spurred a federal investigation and led to the trial and conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, and the Wilsons’ civil suit against top officials of the Bush administration. Much has been written about the “Valerie Plame” story, but Valerie herself has been silent, until now. Some of what has been reported about her has been frighteningly accurate, serving as a pungent reminder to the Wilsons that their lives are no longer private. And some has been completely false — distorted characterizations of Valerie and her husband and their shared integrity.
Valerie Wilson retired from the CIA in January 2006, and now, not only as a citizen but as a wife and mother, the daughter of an Air Force colonel, and the sister of a U.S. marine, she sets the record straight, providing an extraordinary account of her training and experiences, and answers many questions that have been asked about her covert status, her responsibilities, and her life. As readers will see, the CIA still deems much of the detail of Valerie’s story to be classified. As a service to readers, an afterword by national security reporter Laura Rozen provides a context for Valerie’s own story.
Fair Game is the historic and unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking truth to power.