As Clinton TV Projects Die, Hollywood Steps In

'Rodham' will tell love story of Hillary and Bill in their 20s—if it finds a backer

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 2, 2013 8:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Both CNN's documentary and NBC's miniseries on Hillary Clinton were canned last week (as reported by the LA Times), but hope that we will get to see the Hillary story on screen remains. A third project, a biopic called Rodham, is quietly gaining traction in Hollywood, the New York Times reports. The feature film would focus on the former first lady in her 20s—including her budding romance with Bill—and is slated to be directed by James Ponsoldt, whose recent indie teen romance The Spectacular Now had a good showing at the box office.

Of course, the film still needs a financier, and the filmmakers could run into the same alleged issues as the CNN production: the would-be director says the plug was pulled after Democrats stonewalled interviews and research. However, a source close to the Clintons counters that there has already been a small library of unauthorized book and film projects featuring Hillary, and for the most part, "we don’t care, don’t really even notice." It probably won't hurt that the script has reportedly been toned down. A description of the original by the Daily Beast earlier this year included a steamy sex scene in which the Clintons "devour each other" and F-bombs aplenty.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2013, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about Syria in the South Court Auditorium on the White House Complex in Washington. The filmmaker who...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton works from a desk inside a C-17 military plane in 2011.   (AP Photo / Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)
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