Saturday, March 11, 2017

Donald Trump Campaign: The Movie.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:  

Halfway into Donald Trump's first 100 days as President of the United States, and someone has already commissioned a cinematic treatment of the long and frequently absurd election that put him in office. 

HBO is set to chronicle the events of the recent presidential election, much as they did in 2012 telepic Game Change — only this time it will be expanded to a miniseries. Also like Game Change, the yet-to-be-titled project will be directed by Jay Roach and based on source material from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The duo's book about Trump's stunning 2016 upset over Hillary Clinton is set to be published by Penguin Press. 

Game Change, itself a pseudo-sibling of 2000 election film Recount, didn't air until four years after the events depicted. It focused on the narrative from the side of John McCain's losing campaign — particularly the controversial figure of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore. (Players from the Barack Obama side of election were mostly featured in historical footage.) 

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, whose work on their best-selling book Game Change set the bar for political reporting and storytelling inside a presidential campaign," HBO Films president Len Amato said in a statement. "Reuniting Game Change director and executive producer Jay Roach and Playtone producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with Mark and John for a project based on their upcoming book promises to vividly capture the most unique and impactful event in modern American politics.”

Well what can I say, there was no doubt that this was coming.

After all, how could it not?

And I think that the folks who brought us Game Change are the perfect people to film this almost unbelievable tale. 

However I predict that no matter HOW accurately this team sticks to the facts of the campaign, that those who view it decades from now will simply assume that they took huge amounts of creative license and that surely things did not play out the way they are portrayed in the miniseries.


  1. Anonymous4:20 AM

    Can't imagine who they're going to get to play Trump. It'll be tough to find a pig that can act. Thoughts anyone?

  2. Too soon after 9/11, Showtime hurriedly made some movie about Bush on the fateful day, an astonishing bullshit profile of some courageous leader who didn't exist. In fact, that day, we didn't see Bush again till nightfall after he left the school, and the highest authority speaking at the White House while the sun was still up was some Cabinet-level woman from the Transportation Department.

    I love Julianne Moore, and I'm glad she won the Emmy, but Game Change itself was ultimately far too sympathetic a portrayal of Palin, going nowhere near the Wild Ride lie as well as depicting a soothingly warm rapport between she and Todd that was ludicrous.

    The suckerpunch of November 8 is still too fresh to welcome any artistic license, and with new dirt uncovered every day, it's likely to be out of date the day it lands.

    1. Anonymous5:38 AM

      Sucker punch is right! Four months later, I still can't pull myself out of this funk, and it's not because of Hillary's defeat. To watch your country deteriorate before your very eyes, well, there are no words.

    2. Anonymous7:04 AM

      5:38. Me also, too.

  3. Anonymous4:42 AM

    And here is an artwork idea for the poster of it:

    Read in Otttawa's Metro newspaper yesterday a Canadian columnist's description of her life in Trump's America --

    To paraphrase: We are living in a dumpster and daily looking up to see yet another filthy, stained mattress being dropped on us, wondering how much it will hurt.


  4. Anonymous5:44 AM

    Isn't it a bit early to do a film about this Red Wedding of an election? Shouldn't the facts be known about what treasonous crimes were committed to get Drumpf where he is now, before filming begins? Oh, well, money (as usual) beckons...

    1. Anonymous10:18 AM

      Why can't it have sequels? Kind of like "Star Wars" or "Lord of the Rings"? Or "Austin Powers"-since it is Jay Roach!

  5. Anonymous5:44 AM

    I struggle to accept that almost half of our country is racist, bigoted or do not care if some are marginalized as long as they get what they want. Nor do they care if their leader is a pathological liar or even views women as sex objects.

    1. Nikki Munson11:13 AM

      I struggle with that as well but the fact of the matter is exactly what you wrote, bigoted, racist and sexist pigs.

  6. a. j. billings6:15 AM

    O/T HOUSE GOP committee about to introduce a bill that would FORCE EMPLOYEES to get genetic testing done

    HR 1313, as the bill is known, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday with all 22 Republicans supporting it, and all 17 Democrats opposing it, and STAT reports that it is “expected to be folded into a second ACA-related measure containing a grab-bag of provisions that do not affect federal spending, as the main bill does.”

    Jennifer Mathis, director of policy and legal advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a civil rights group, told STAT that this bill would “eviscerate” the privacy and other protections for genetic and health information in GINA and the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

    So the party of "small government" wants to force you to get your DNA sequenced, and have your genetic code on file!!

    Why would they want that?

    Naturally, it's all about corporate profits so they can force you to accept higher insurance costs if you have genetic predisposition to disease, and they can use that as a weapon to deny coverage.

    Of course your info will be stored digitally, meaning it will be a commodity to be sold for market research, or stolen in a hack and used for any number of nefarious purposes.

    I'm surprised the evangelicals aren't opposing this under the "mark of the beast" theory, but the almighty dollar and corporate greed rules everything to the party of GOP CHristian hypocrites.

    1. It's basically a giant criminal databank.

      Even now law enforcement uses your DMV fingerprints when they are running fingerprint matches for crimes. And they've arrested innocent people with less than stellar matches.

      Now they can run their crime scene DNA to compare to the DonTcare DNA system.

      Pretty soon they'll chip us like dogs only with GPS so they can track our every movement. You know. /to keep us safe and secure.

      You have a problem with that?

  7. Halperin spent the campaign fawning over Trump so I can't imagine that this will be an objective look. Might as well add Sean Hannity as a writer.

  8. Anonymous7:01 AM

    Put drumpf in the Lo$er BOX office>

  9. I think it's too soon. They need to wait until the Russian ties investigation is over.

    Or maybe not.

  10. Anonymous8:06 AM

    They were both on Colbert last week promoting their show, John Heilemann seems to think trump is going to crash and burn because of all the conflict of interests.

    mark as usual seems to be a trump fan.

  11. Anonymous9:31 AM

    A Full Circle movie still relevant today:

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969

  12. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Gay Boys in Alabama 5parts>

    1. Anonymous10:43 AM

      A Gay Girl 'too'. A Must watch and telling^^^.

  13. Anonymous10:27 AM

    Bit of trivia: Jay Roach, who directed and produced 'Game Changer' attended the same junior high and high school in ABQ, NM, as the Palin earth quake fanclub president, just 2 years apart.


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