October 13th, 2007
11:38 AM ET
5 years ago

DiCaprio, Clooney to team up for Dean movie

Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in a film loosely based on Howard Dean.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Howard Dean didn't make it to the White House, but could some form of him make it to the big screen?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney are in discussions to join forces for a movie loosely based on the former governor's meteoric rise and fall in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries.

The movie is set to be adapted from an upcoming Broadway play by Beau Willimon. The play, "Farragut North," tracks a novice but inspired campaign staffer who works for an "unorthodox" presidential candidate, according to the newspaper. Willimon worked on Dean’s presidential campaign.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that, according to the talks, Clooney would direct and produce the adaptation, and DiCaprio would star and produce.

Dean, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, led the 2004 Democratic field in both the polls and campaign cash heading into the first wave of primaries. But, after a disappointing third place showing in Iowa, the Vermont Democrat's campaign quickly fizzled out. He ultimately failed to win a single caucus or primary outside of his home state of Vermont.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Howard Dean
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. ronnie knoxville, tn

    we seem to have a rash of people who "will never make it to the White House" *cough* Al Gore- trying to get attention and promote their big government, nanny state thinking

    October 12, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. j, Chicago, IL

    Hey, they could name this movie, "Raaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrr!!!"

    October 12, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Steve, Portland, OR

    Dean failed to win a single caucus or primary outside of Vermont so let's make a movie?. Why? Do they really think adding star power is gonna improve this movie or make people want to see it. I mean who cares?

    October 12, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. James, Phoenix AZ

    Scream (1961), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), and now: Dean Scream (2007).

    The perfect cut-away ending would be a picture of Hillary in the 2007-2008 Primaries – angry in a townhall meeting accusing an attendee (asking about her vote on Iran) a "plant". Laying the groundwork for Hillary's film, "Cackle Debacle – How the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy stole the election from me!"

    October 12, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Whit, Dallas

    I can't think of a more lame subject for a movie. That 'story line' is stronger than a fist full of valum. This will never be made and if it is no one will watch it.

    October 12, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. joseph, austin, tx

    hollywood must be real desparate for a new story, i think they are starting to realize that we're tired of remakes. clooney isnt smug at all by the way.(remember his oscar speech, how wasnt that played as racist, that was some of the most racist stuff i ever heard)

    October 12, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Chicago, Illinois

    But Howard Dean was the first presidential candidate to efficently use the internet and young people to gather support. He fully used a grassroots organization. Nothing like this had been done on the level that it was done on. Now look at presidential hopefuls, they are all about using the internet anyway they can. He was the first.

    As for the whole RAAAARRRR thing, if that's all you remember about him, then I feel bad for you. He did wonders for Vermont, and could have for our country. It's a shame he'll be remembered as the man who RAAAARRRRR'd.

    October 12, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Gary, San Carlos, CA

    Leave it to DiCaprio and Clooney to come up with a loser of a film idea!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Moe, NY

    Stop being so serious people...hello...it is a MOVIE! If you don't want to go to see it, then don't...the choice is yours. Lighten up!

    October 12, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Watch Team America – World Police – its a pretty good insight into the Film Actors Guild – and how self important they have become...(then of course the Gore character on South Park – Manbearpig)

    October 12, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Haley Comet, Catskill, NY

    DiCaprio, Clooney to team up for Dean movie.

    Which one will play Jerry?

    October 12, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Veronica Bloom, Jacksonville, FL

    hollywood is a money machine. They are going to get all their political movies out there around election season.

    The have another one called "Recount" coming out.

    October 12, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. john williams san diego, ca.

    perfect match...those two are complete loons...

    October 12, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Jacob, Northfield, MN

    Huh? I cant say anymore as I am just not getting the CNN stories.

    October 12, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Woodwizard LV, NV 92050


    October 12, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Good news is that anyone would be a better actor than Dumya

    October 12, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. aj, cincinnati, oh

    I can't think of a more boring film than Howard Deans' life. Well, yes, that egotistical elitist George Clooney's life might be a tad more boring.

    October 12, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Posted By James, Phoenix AZ : October 12, 2007 5:21 pm

    Thanks for the chuckle.

    Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon and hubby could also "star" in it, Brian DePalma could co-direct and Bruce Springsteen can do the soundtrack.

    We have a mega-hit, must see movie on our hands and I will be first in line.

    October 12, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    Clooney and DiCaprio aren't even real men. They're politicians and egotists. They're pretty boys, they're players. They are non-committal, they have no convictions, no patriotism. They aren't real men.

    October 12, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  20. Kim, Saugus, MA

    A movie about Dean? I hope it is a low budget movie for the sake of the movie industry.

    We need to elect a PATRIOT to the office of President. That is why I am voting for Pete Grasso.


    October 12, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  21. MiLa Cambridge, MA

    Actually, Dean won the DC primary but the DNC wouldn't accept that contest because it was held before New Hampshire. (DC was trying to draw attention to their lack of voting rights.) DC held a caucus in March, but only 1/3 of the voters turned out, since they had already voted in the primary.

    It's incredibly ironic that, as DNC chair, Dean is forcing candidates to drop out of early primaries. If his early primary victory in DC had counted (and if the media had provdied more balanced coverage of the Iowa results), then Dean would have been the nominee. But he's been a great party chair, so it wasn't all lost.

    October 12, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  22. Joe, Yorktown, VA

    Well at least it won't be a remake of an older film from my childhood.

    October 13, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  23. Jim, Torrence, Ca

    More of Clooney's political propaganda.

    October 13, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  24. Chuck P., Portland, OR

    I still find it amazing that people are "shocked" by how Howard Dean had won every poll in the primary, but somehow John Kerry won the primary election. The same Republicans who fixed the election for Bush to beat Kerry fixed the same machines to give the primary win to Kerry a long time Bush family friend who would sit back and let George win. Is this so hard for people to see?

    October 13, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  25. Terry, IA

    First of all these hollywood starts should not get involved in politics. DiCaprio has difficulty to find job in Hollywood then he should join Democratic party. They should not get involved in such movies. Is he trying to be follow Michael Moore.

    October 13, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
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