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
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
Hey, they could name this movie, "Raaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrr!!!"
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?
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!"
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.
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)
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.
Leave it to DiCaprio and Clooney to come up with a loser of a film idea!!!!!!!!!
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!
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)
DiCaprio, Clooney to team up for Dean movie.
Which one will play Jerry?
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.
perfect match...those two are complete loons...
Huh? I cant say anymore as I am just not getting the CNN stories.
Good news is that anyone would be a better actor than Dumya
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well at least it won't be a remake of an older film from my childhood.
More of Clooney's political propaganda.
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?
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.