THE SPECTACULAR NOW Director James Ponsoldt to Helm Hillary Clinton Biopic, RODHAM

     April 29, 2013


Hillary Clinton is currently gearing up for her 2016 Presidential run (I don’t care if it’s not official at this point; we all know it’s coming), but we may be getting a biopic about her before her campaign even begins.  Last year, we reported that Young Il Kim‘s script Rodham hit #4 on The Black List (a list of the best unproduced screenplays).  Per the synopsis, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”  Today, James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) has come on board to direct the sure-to-be-controversial film.

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According to The Wrap, “industry executives who have read the script claim it offers a potentially award-worthy role for one lucky ingenue. Several top actresses have expressed interest in the project, though insiders stressed that the project is still in the early stages of development.”  It’s an actor playing a famous person in a drama.  Of course it has awards potential.  It will also court controversy simply because Clinton is still considered to be active in politics even though she recently resigned her post as Secretary of State.  A film featuring a famous actress (paging Jennifer Lawrence…) will likely lead to a bombardment of questions for Clinton regarding the picture as well as a new definition of her persona that’s out of her control.

However, Rodham joins a crowded slate for Ponsoldt.  He’s set to direct the musical Pippin, an adaptation of Matthew Quick‘s novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and he’s also attached to the adaptation of the young adult novel, PureRodham plans to find its leading lady before shopping the project to studios and independent financiers.  I’m imagining what happens if this movie is released close to primary season.


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