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Read It Before They Screen It: Game Change, Remote Control, and The Heartbreakers

Last fall, at the tail-end of his second term, President Bush got a big-screen bio with Oliver Stone's W. But it looks like President Obama may make get the film treatment right away.

According to Variety:

HBO Films has optioned Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, an in-the-works Harper Collins book by political writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

The pay network has hired Blood Diamond scribe Charles Leavitt to adapt the behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election from the perspective of the candidates and their respective camps.

Casting ideas, anyone?

Let's get Will Smith as Obama out of the way, and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin is a given — so how about McCain, Biden, and the Clintons? (No fair picking John Travolta and Emma Thompson — they already played the First Couple once.)

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Sony Pictures is reteaming with the producers of the James Bond franchise for a film adaptation of Mark Burnell's as-yet unpublished novel Remote Control.

Thriller centers on a former war correspondent, now British corporate intelligence analyst, who gets caught up in a conspiracy by Western corporations to destabilize the Chinese economy. Following the trail to the United States, he discovers that his former lover is also being pursued. On the run together, they try to unravel the mystery of the conspiracy while trying to stay alive.

No word on whether they'll just try to grab Daniel Craig for the role. It certainly sounds right up his alley.

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Young adult novel The Heartbreakers may soon be coming to a theater near you:

"Rules of Dating" is based on a book by journalist-turned-novelist Pamela Wells, who published her debut novel "The Heartbreakers" in fall 2007. She followed that up a year later with a second novel, The Crushes, that focused on many of the same characters.

"Rules of Dating" centers on four best friends and their on-again, off-again dalliances with boys. After several of the girls are dumped, they devise a set of rules they are sure will snag any man and prevent future breakups.

It's sure to be a hit — y'know, kids love movies!

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. W.
    New DVD $9.98

  3. The Heartbreakers Used Trade Paper $1.25
  4. The Crushes (Heartbreakers Novels) New Hardcover $16.25

One Response to "Read It Before They Screen It: Game Change, Remote Control, and The Heartbreakers"

    DeniseB April 16th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    How about Alec Baldwin for Prez Clinton? He's sort of a pompous charmer - you don't know whether to laugh with or at him...(I do love Bill though, I mean, he just has this WAY of making a girl feel pretty! *blush*)

    Anjelina could play Hilary - just so people will watch, cuz let's face it, she's hot to just about everyone except Jen Aniston. (Jolie for those not familiar)

    And...Steve Buscemi for...Joe Biden? I don't think he looks or acts like him, I just think the guy makes any movie better.

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