HBO appears obsessed by GOP Conservatives. There have been movies about the 2000 Bush vs Gore election standoff and Sarah Palin and most recently a TV series featuring George W Bush’s severed head. Now HBO has done a secret deal for an Untitled Roger Ailes Project. It’s based on the upcoming manuscript by media writer Gabriel Sherman who has written two cover stories for New York magazine on Ailes and Fox News, including his mammoth article “The Elephant In The Green Room” which came out a little more than a year ago and prompted complaints from the Fox News CEO. Last year, Sherman signed a book contract with Random House which at one point was tentatively titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room: An Inside Account of the Rise of Fox News” but isn’t formally titled now. I’ve also learned that executive producing this latest HBO project are two of Ailes’ competitors: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC‘s Morning Joe. The deal was negotiated by WME Entertainment, the Hollywood agency run by Ari Emanuel who is a Democratic activist (and the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama White House chief of staff).
None of this has been announced yet because sources tell me Sherman is still researching the book and plans to finish writing it by the end of the summer for a 2013 publishing date. “Nothing much to say. No book yet to read. No script. We’ll wait to see what the script looks like and then decide whether to develop further,” a cagey HBO exec explained to me. It’s commonplace for Time Warner’s premier pay TV channel to sign up books before they’re published and then turn them into TV movies. In this TV movie, a source tells me, ”HBO prefers to take on Fox News through Ailes. The idea is that it should make Fox News look like a Mafia, and you get into this through Ailes, sidestepping Murdoch, not approaching the story head on.”
Wow Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski, isn't THAT interesting?
Okay so I was excited and all ready to program my DVR to make sure I did not miss this once the date of its premiere was announced. But then....
HBO is dropping its plans to make a film on Roger Ailes and the rise of Fox News Channel.
The network had optioned film rights to work by media writer Gabriel Sherman, who is writing a book on Fox News. But HBO said Thursday that it’s not going forward with those plans, saying it wouldn’t be appropriate considering the network’s ties to Fox competitor CNN. Both HBO and CNN are owned by Time Warner.
Wait, what? So what if HBO and CNN are owned by the same company?
You know if I were a conspiracy minded person, and there is no evidence to suggest that I am, I would find myself thinking that perhaps somebody got a call from another very powerful somebody making them a deal they could not refuse. You know like
You cannot tell me that there is not an audience out there that would devour this movie whole and then plead for more, because there certainly is. And since HBO is in the business of making movies, and series, which are controversial and guaranteed money makers, it seems fairly reasonable to assume that there are powerful people who simply do NOT want this movie to see the light of day.
Which of course makes ME want to see it more than ever!