Sunday 26 January 2020

Hillary Clinton biopic in the works to tie in with rumoured 2016 Presidential bid

Hillary Clinton. Photo: Getty Images
Hillary Clinton. Photo: Getty Images

Celine Quinn

A BIOPIC about the early life of Hillary Clinton may tie in with Clinton’s potential presidential run in 2016.

The intriguing script by first-time Korean American screenwriter, Young II Kim, has Hollywood buzzing.

The film, entitled “Rodham”, Hillary’s maiden name, will centre on the early career of the former US Secretary of State in the 1970s.

The political and romantic drama unfolds around Clinton’s early legal career and her relationship with the young Bill Clinton, an up-and-comer from Arkansas, against the backdrop of the infamous Watergate scandal. 

Twenty-something Hillary tries to decide between her career, as the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to impeach President Richard Nixon, and her feelings for her former boyfriend Bill.

The film was unveiled as one of the best unproduced screenplays of in the 2012 Black List. In the past, this list has been responsible for bringing The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and Argo to the attention of Hollywood studios, and ultimately to Oscar glory.

The biopic constitutes a major departure from recent projects for the producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, the men behind the teen vampire franchise The Twilight Saga.

Clinton, who lost out to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries, is considered favourite to run again in three years’ time.

The film may reignite fear in Republican US politicians who last year campaigned against the release of Zero Dark Thirty, claiming that it would influence the outcome of the 2012 presidential election in favour of Obama.

Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the US hunt and capture of Osama bin Laden, was eventually released in December 2012, just after the election.

As it is likely Rodham’s release would coincide with the 2016 presidential primaries, rightwing US politicians may once again find cause for alarm.

James Ponsoldt, director of The Spectacular Now, has been confirmed as film director, but casting has not yet been announced.

The producers are keen to secure an actress to play Hillary before they shop the film around to Hollywood financiers and studios.

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