Coming soon: The Hillary Is Totally Awesome Movie?

posted at 1:51 pm on January 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Even before Barack Obama won re-election in November, speculation had begun over the Democratic primaries for the 2016 presidential cycle.  Hillary Clinton has received most of the mention and a majority of support so far, but her relatively thin resume combined with the debacle at State she oversaw might make it difficult for her to gain enough credibility, let alone the questions over her age and health that the past few weeks have produced.  What Hillary needs is a narrative changer that will focus on her highlights and overlook her actual performance, something on a grand enough scale to actually change the narrative after Benghazi and blood clots.

I suspect the studio exec that fails to green-light this project will never eat lunch in Washington again:

One of the hottest political screenplays in Tinseltown is about the outgoing secretary of state, and it’s by a 39-year-old newcomer writer from South Korea.

Dubbed “Rodham,” Young Il Kim’s screenplay follows a 20-something Hillary Rodham as she’s trying to decide between her career and boyfriend.

This is, after all, the Clintons, so the stakes are of historic proportions. Her job? The youngest attorney on the House Judiciary Committee working to impeach President Richard Nixon. Her boyfriend? Bill Clinton, who was trying to launch his political career in Arkansas.

How good are the odds that this project gets its green light?

This isn’t a history book. It’s Hollywood. And just last month, the script came in at No. 4 on Hollywood’s all-important Black List, an annual poll of nearly 300 film executives about their favorite scripts. Films that have made the list in the past: “The Social Network,” “Juno” and “The King’s Speech,” among others.

It’s not history, but that won’t be a problem for Hollywood, which routinely flunks in the subject.  Don’t get me wrong — I like the biopic genre, even occasionally when the subject of the film is still alive, as in Coal Miner’s Daughter, one of the genre’s best.  Most of the time, though, the films are either tedious hagiographies based on rumors and legend, or are too self-consciously attuned to modern sensibilities to be taken seriously.  The Babe with John Goodman is a great example of both failings.  When Hollywood gets history right, it’s usually by accident.

In this case, the interest in a Hillary Clinton biopic is almost certainly no accident.  It’s true that she’s a public figure as Secretary of State, but so was Condoleezza Rice, whose life story is at least as interesting, and yet Hollywood has had no interest in her story, nor Colin Powell’s or Madeleine Albright’s, for that matter.  The Clintons’ story would certainly make for an interesting cinematic take of the turmoil of the impeachment episode, but that’s not what this script will address.

Instead, it seems we’ll be treated to a story about a false dichotomy, since Hillary in the end pursued both the boyfriend and a successful legal career apart from her husband, in order to paint her as … what, exactly?  Just the same as every other professional who has to balance career and personal considerations?  There are plenty of young lawyers in Washington of both genders who don’t end up being partners in prestigious law firms at the age of 32, especially after failing the bar exam in Washington DC, which appears to have influenced her ultimate decision to stick with Arkansas, where she passed the bar.

If the project gets green-lighted soon and finds funding, we can probably expect a release date of … oh, early-to-mid-2015.  That won’t be an accident, either.

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We need to name a navy ship after her.

Shy Guy on January 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

We need to name a navy ship after her.

Shy Guy on January 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Yeah, just find one with the widest stern.

Archivarix on January 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Maybe, it will include Hillary’s Sojourner Truth imitation?

Blake on January 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

This movie has not yet been rated as we can’t think of an appropriate rating. Thanks.

Deano1952 on January 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

In true Hollywood style, it’ll be released Summer 2016, just in time for her Presidential campaign.

UltimateBob on January 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Pity that I’ll miss that movie, as I’ll be washing my hair that evening.

rbj on January 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

We need to name a navy ship after her.

Shy Guy on January 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Yeah, just find one with the widest stern.

Archivarix on January 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

And a bilge full of Maker’s Mark.

UltimateBob on January 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

If the project gets green-lighted soon and finds funding, we can probably expect a release date of … oh, early-to-mid-2015.

December 2015 would be much better, so the film will be in release just before the Iowa caucus. If the film isn’t ready by then, they can always hold off until October 2016.

J.S.K. on January 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I think the one with the widest stern will be reserved for the current FLOTUS.

erp on January 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Are all of you “on pins and needles”, as I am ?

listens2glenn on January 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

A dud which no one will want to see, but which will still earn 7 or 8 Academy Award ™ nominations, perhaps even a Special Academy Award ™ for Her Magnificence Herself . Who, according to noted wordsmith and magazine-killer Tina Brown, has become “literally the ship of state”.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I’ve yet to understand why anybody finds this woman “fascinating.”

Unless the biopic includes stuff like her rolling Vince Foster up in a carpet and helping trundle him off to Fort Marcy Park, then I’m not interested. She’s always had a public persona and a private persona. The former is boring beyond belief and the latter is just a vile human being.

That being said, they could throw ads for that on the milk cartons right next to her “have you seen me” info.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Are all of you “on pins and needles”, as I am ?

listens2glenn on January 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I’d rather stick pins and needles in my eyes than watch that movie.

CurtZHP on January 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Are all of you “on pins and needles”, as I am ?

listens2glenn on January 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I will be once I figure out who will pay to watch it. Libs don’t pay for things.

kim roy on January 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

And just last month, the script came in at No. 4 on Hollywood’s all-important Black List…

Hmmm…. Hollywood’s “Black List” used to refer to a list of known Communists who were to be shunned by the movie-making establishment.

So, I guess, having Hillary’s life story on the list is in keeping with that tradition.

UltimateBob on January 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

the debacle at State

I’d say being an accessory to murder is a debacle, especially after she wins her primary and becomes the first woman president…all assuming of course that thing in the WH doesn’t decide to hold onto power.

RedInMD on January 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I’d rather stick pins and needles in my eyes than watch that movie.

CurtZHP on January 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

By 2016 that’s going to cost you. At least $3 for the pin tax and another couple bucks for the needle user fee.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I’d say being an accessory to murder is a debacle, especially after she wins her primary and becomes the first woman president…

RedInMD on January 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I’ll say it right now: Hillary Clinton will never ever EVER be president. Ever. Forget it.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

You’re using an old photo of her. I saw a discussion this morning on a local political show where they were lamenting how overweight and unhealthy she’s been looking. I’d bet she was on prednisone high dose for something.

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

hillary has had a leg clot and now a brain clot. her mental capacity has to be questioned and its too dangerous for her to travel long distance.

adios 2016

renalin on January 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I’d bet she was on prednisone high dose for something.

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

More like high doses of Jack.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Young Il Kim’s screenplay…

Good News! The North Korean dictatorship-dynasty is secure! Young ‘Lil Kim’s wife gives birth!!!

The world’s long, international nightmare is over!

Resist We Much on January 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

You’re using an old photo of her. I saw a discussion this morning on a local political show where they were lamenting how overweight and unhealthy she’s been looking. I’d bet she was on prednisone high dose for something.

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I’d bet she’s on Kentucky Bourbon high dose.

UltimateBob on January 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

A dud which no one will want to see, but which will still earn 7 or 8 Academy Award ™ nominations, perhaps even a Special Academy Award ™ for Her Magnificence Herself . Who, according to noted wordsmith and magazine-killer Tina Brown, has become “literally the ship of state”.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

My guess is that Meryl Streep will play the pig-in-a-pantsuit. With Dan Ackroyd as Bubba.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I’ll say it right now: Hillary Clinton will never ever EVER be president. Ever. Forget it.
ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Neither will your girl. Why should a Hillary fan lose the delusion?

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

More like high doses of Jack.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Great minds…. ;-)

UltimateBob on January 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Speaking of movies, I wonder if Ed has seen Les Miserables yet. I’m sure he’d love it.

mythicknight on January 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Good News! The North Korean dictatorship-dynasty is secure! Young ‘Lil Kim’s wife gives birth!!!

Resist We Much on January 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

To what? I’m not ruling out any species or gender when it comes to marriage with that creepy family.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

So, are they going to include scenes of Billy slapping women
around??

ToddPA on January 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Are all of you “on pins and needles”, as I am ?

listens2glenn on January 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

(vapors)

Leave Hillary Alone…!

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Neither will your girl. Why should a Hillary fan lose the delusion?

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Palin? She has more of a chance than Hillary every will. Or Reagan Rick for that matter.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

This puts the hag in hagiography.

cbenoistd on January 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I saw a discussion this morning on a local political show where they were lamenting how overweight and unhealthy she’s been looking. I’d bet she was on prednisone high dose for something.

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

But she’s said herself that she “ain’t no ways tired.”

Hillary is suffering from a case of the Benghazis.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I’ll save up my discretionary income to wait for the White-House-Years sequel just for the Beatdown-Bill scene.

Drained Brain on January 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

To what? I’m not ruling out any species or gender when it comes to marriage with that creepy family.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I dunno. Ancient “Modern” Chinese NorKo secret.

Resist We Much on January 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Yes, yes. Let’s make Hillary inevitable. Let her build up to where she becomes the Mitt Romney of the Left. And then…..

Sekhmet on January 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Wonder if hanoi jane is available to play hill? Both hanoi jane and hill have things in common, both were responsible for American’s being killed!
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letget on January 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I think they should tell the story from the perspective of Socks the cat. Who else had the kind of access that Socks had? They got rid of the animal when they left the White House for one reason and one reason only- Socks knew too much.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Palin? She has more of a chance than Hillary every will. Or Reagan Rick for that matter.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Don’t mind Marcus, he’s suffering from Romneyitus..:)

idesign on January 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Yes, yes. Let’s make Hillary inevitable. Let her build up to where she becomes the Mitt Romney of the Left. And then…..

Sekhmet on January 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Somebody decides that it is Mooch’s turn to be President.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Yes, yes. Let’s make Hillary inevitable. Let her build up to where she becomes the Mitt Romney of the Left. And then…..

Sekhmet on January 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Exactly. I also remember how she was inevitable in 2007.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I can see the lefties coming out of the woodwork to act in this one. Meryl Streep as Hillary, Tim Robbins as Bill, Charlie Sheen as a young Bill back in his heyday, whoring around in Hot Springs. Ellen DeGeneris as Hillary’s secret lesbian lover. Cameos by Janet Reno as the woman scorned, and Newt Gingrich high fiving Hillary and Bill after “ending welfare as we know it”. The possibilities are endless.

Oh yeah, however it is made, it will be a stinkeroo on the scale of Battlefield Earth.

simkeith on January 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Hillary at her drunken finest … oops …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HkT2W_gdZ0

Pork-Chop on January 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Oh dear god….I wonder if it will be a musical?

Springtime for Hillary

William Eaton on January 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Don’t mind Marcus, he’s suffering from Romneyitus..:)

idesign on January 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Nah, it’s Butthurt PerryKrishna Syndrome. The thing is, I’ve never made any comment ab out Palin of which I’d be ashamed. I don’t think Dr Marcus there wants anyone to dredge up some of his Tiger Beat-like odes to Rick.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Makes as much sense as having Tom Cruise play Jack Reacher.

a capella on January 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Will there be action figure dolls…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Cankles: The Search for a stronger panty hose.

Oil Can on January 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Maybe the “sniper episode” can go something like this.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

IRON MY SHIRT!

Wagthatdog on January 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Will there be action figure dolls…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Don’t get too excited. I think the Bill Clinton sex scenes will only be there for bumping the rating up to an “R.” After all this is Hillary’s biopic.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Will these liberal skanks ever stop paying homage to themselves and each other?

rplat on January 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Resist We Much on January 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

On the question on who chose those sofa’s and coffee table, IT has to be mo, she has zero taste in fashion and probably in anything else she does?
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letget on January 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

keep snarking about her

Hillary will be essentially unopposed in the 2016 primary

She will destroy anyone we try to run. Our primary is meaningless if she runs

You all don’t realize the shifting sands here

The 2016 campaign has already started now

The media love Hillary as much as BHO, they will be singing her and Bill’s praises and destroying our candidates for the next 4 years. E.g. the GQ interview with Rubio the week after the damn election

Time to train our fire on Hillary and Bill now, and sustain it for 4 years. Otherwise, 2016 and 2020 are over before the votes are counted

thurman on January 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I’ll see it when Chris Dodd green-lights Waitress Sandwich II.

cbenoistd on January 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

This movie has not yet been rated as we can’t think of an appropriate rating. Thanks.

Deano1952 on January 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Is it going to include the Juanita Broaddrick rape scene?

MNHawk on January 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I’ll say it right now: Hillary Clinton will never ever EVER be president. Ever. Forget it.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

hope you’re right but after this last election I wouldn’t put anything past the electorate…

RedInMD on January 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Will there be inaction figure dolls…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

FIFY

Shy Guy on January 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Hillary at her drunken finest … oops …

And we’re supposed to believe that her most current fall was caused by a flu bug? Yeah right. At the rate she boozes it up there’s no way she will be in a physical condition to mount a campaign in 4 years.

tommyboy on January 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Can’t wait for the marketing to kick in…

… Hillary Happy Meals, T-Shirts, and Salad Dressings.

It will be paradise…!

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

…it’s going to be a long sex tape…isn’t it?

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I’ll say it right now: Hillary Clinton will never ever EVER be president. Ever. Forget it.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

hope you’re right but after this last election I wouldn’t put anything past the electorate…

RedInMD on January 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I don’t think she’d even win the nomination. It’s always reported how much people just loooooove them some Hillary…until there’s a possibility of the Harpy ever becoming president.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Yes, yes. Let’s make Hillary inevitable. Let her build up to where she becomes the Mitt Romney of the Left. And then…..

Sekhmet on January 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM
Exactly. I also remember how she was inevitable in 2007.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Obama was literally the only person on either side who could have beaten her in 2008, and even then only because he masterfully manipulated the primary process with superdelegates. Also, the media was entranced with him which helped a ton with mindless Dim voters

Anyone who doesn’t see how she will wipe the floor with anyone else from either party in 2016 hasn’t been paying a damn bit of attention lately

It was Bill’s speech at the DNC that resurrected Obama’s chances. People still swoon over the faux Clinton legacy

ALL the money out there will funnel to her. THey control the whole political class also.

But the main thing is the media, who already loves her, will look at the options and side with a commie over a conservative any time, no matter how bad the candidate

Hillary will have a juggernaut campaign machine, funding machine, corrupt MSM machine, and the most beloved 2 presidents alive campaigning for her

She will destroy all opposition in 2016 if we don’t prevent it

Hammer her for 4 years on Benghazi. On Bill’s sleaze. On her health. On the failed Arab Spring, Syria, Egypt, etc

We really are the Stupid Party if we don’t start paying attention to how the game is now played

thurman on January 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Obama was literally the only person on either side who could have beaten her in 2008, and even then only because he masterfully manipulated the primary process with superdelegates. Also, the media was entranced with him which helped a ton with mindless Dim voters

Anyone who doesn’t see how she will wipe the floor with anyone else from either party in 2016 hasn’t been paying a damn bit of attention lately

thurman on January 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Oh, quit crapping your pants over Hillary Clinton.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

At best, this proposed movie would be an update/remake. I thought Emma Thompson did a great job as Hill in the original.

MichiCanuck on January 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Pantsuits are makin’ a comeback! Whooo hoooo!

Wait. That’s a dude.

Fallon on January 3, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The true “Rodham – The Movie” would involve a lot of dead bodies, people going to prison, and Billy Jeff’s DNA splattered literally all over the place.

It would struggle to get even an NC-17 rating.

CorporatePiggy on January 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The mini-series Political Animals on USA channel was a fictionalization of the aftermath of Hillary’s run for president. It was very sympathetic to the Hillary character played by Sigourney Weaver. It had a cliffhanger ending too, so they may be planning a sequel where she finally makes the presidency.

juliesa on January 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I’m looking forward to this movie. See the sparks fly as Hillary confronts Billy Jeff over his shenanigans with Monica! See Hillary graciously react as her best chance at the presidency is taken from her by the MSM & given to a “present”-voting, affirmative-action amateur from Illinois!! Grip your armrests as Hillary redirects Libyan diplomatic security to Austria!!! Thrill as Bosnian snipers rain gunfire down on Hillary and Chelsea!!!!

KS Rex on January 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I can’t wait to watch the scene of her dodging bullets while disembarking from the plane in Bosnia. Wait, I forget … Or was it that she deflected the bullets with her Wonder Woman bracelets?

I’ll guess we’ll have to wait for the movie to see what the truth actually “is”.

joeeddie on January 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

A movie about a woman holding public office without any real job experience. The world is run by the insane.

dogsoldier on January 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Time to train our fire on Hillary and Bill now, and sustain it for 4 years. Otherwise, 2016 and 2020 are over before the votes are counted

thurman on January 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Yes, if only there were some kind of scandal in her past…..oh, wait…

PrepperMark (formerly SailorMark)

SailorMark on January 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Anyone who doesn’t see how she will wipe the floor with anyone else from either party in 2016 hasn’t been paying a damn bit of attention lately

I agree. And I’m not so sure I wouldn’t vote against her. Against Rubio? Nope. Huckashmuck Santorum? Damn right I’d vote Hillary.

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Hillary can’t be prez, she’s got a tendency to blood clots. And we’ve seen the Left (well maybe even a few on the Right… ) push this meme any such life threatening illness that might result in sudden death MUST disqualify a politician from higher office.

I mean isn’t McCain supposed to have expired by now? I was assured it would be so in 2008.

Go Full Alinsky on it. Make the left and Media live by their own rules. Yes it might be hard – But we’ve seen what being nice does.

Sharr on January 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Who plays Vince Foster?

vinceautmorire on January 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I glanced at Drudge today and thought I saw a recent picture of Hillary. Oops, it’s Gerard Depardieu. Check it out.

slickwillie2001 on January 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Mark my words: they will nominate Michelle in ’16.

FerdtheMoonCat on January 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Hillary in 2016? No way. Too old and too white. You can’t do what little Bammie has done to the democratic party and then expect them to go back to old white people.

Mark my words: they will nominate Michelle in ’16.

FerdtheMoonCat on January 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM

She’s a fool to trust little Bammie. He’ll stick a knife in her back without losing a minute of sleep.

slickwillie2001 on January 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I hear it will be rated “Pants-on-Fire,” and given 5 Pinnochios.

tom on January 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Neither will your girl. Why should a Hillary fan lose the delusion?

Marcus on January 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Palin? She has more of a chance than Hillary every will. Or Reagan Rick for that matter.

ddrintn on January 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Marcus is right, of course. Until Palin has made 1000% profit in the cattle futures market, married a president, presided over a huge government takeover of healthcare that completely failed and cost the Democrats control of Congress for the first time in a generation, falsely accused innocent government bureaucrats of corruption so she can fire them wrongfully, refused to provide security to State Department people in some of the most dangerous countries on earth, and tried to blame her failures on some guy who made an ugly movie…

… she just isn’t Hillary Clinton!

tom on January 3, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Who will play Saul Alinsky?

TimBuk3 on January 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Yeah, just find one with the widest stern.

Cheap shot! But she is going for the frumpy housewife vote.

Seariously, her health issues, if real, should discuqlify her, and her age won’t help in four years. But she will always have Bill to step in for her should the need arise.

georgeofthedesert on January 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM