Well, Variety reports that the bio-pic, W, has now been picked up by Lionsgate and is expected to come out this year (October 17, 2008, just weeks before the November 4th election).
In regards to this films election positioning, I imagine in many ways the film is trying to create some "election entertainment" using the election to help propel and market the film. At a time where people are more apt to be reading the political stories, following political blogs, and watching there news network of choice...this film certainly has a chance to get into spotlight. Honestly, I doubt this will have any effect on the election, although I am sure some will suggest that a film of this nature could help the democratic nominee, simply because Bush might be painted as a doofus in this film.
The pictures from this post are from Entertainment Weekly. EW has an article about the film and some new pictures of what we might expect to Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Bank's to look like as the President and First Lady. Honestly, I'm impressed with the Brolin transformation (and facial in the cover shot) but I am certainly not buying Elizabeth Banks.
Interestingly enough, this film hasn't even started shooting, even though it's expected to open in just over 5 months. Apparently shooting is scheduled to begin in Shreveport Louisiana in a couple weeks.
Here is an interesting Oliver Stone quote from EW article:
''Bush may turn out to be the worst president in history,'' he declares as he peeks into room after room. ''I think history is going to be very tough on him. But that doesn't mean he isn't a great story. It's almost Capra-esque, the story of a guy who had very limited talents in life, except for the ability to sell himself. The fact that he had to overcome the shadow of his father and the weight of his family name — you have to admire his tenacity. There's almost an Andy Griffith quality to him, from A Face in the Crowd. If Fitzgerald were alive today, he might be writing about him. He's sort of a reverse Gatsby.''
Other W Movie Post on StrangeCultureBlog:
- Dramatizing Recent History: Josh Brolin as George W. Bush (March 16, 2008)
- W Movie Casting (in pictures) (April 14, 2008)
- Suggested Casting for W. Movie - My Wife as First Daughter Jenna Bush (April 17, 2008)
- W Movies - Oliver Stone is not the First (April 28, 2008)