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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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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"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.
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