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. Daniel

    The nomination fight this year was very different than 2004... until today. Just as Dean suffered relentless personal attacks, the Dem race became very nasty today, with rough attacks between Obama and Clinton.

    October 13, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  2. Marshall, Atlanta, GA

    Who. the. hell. cares? Shouldn't this be under 'Entertainment' rather than the Political Ticker?

    You guys can do better than this. Seriously.

    October 13, 2007 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  3. Karlos Phone, Los Angeles, CA

    ...Wait a second, why isnt DiCaprio playing JAMES Dean? Look at the guy. Now that would be a film!

    October 13, 2007 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  4. Laurie Wylie, West Chester, PA

    Why would a news organization as big as CNN resort to using a photo of a wax figure of an actor (and not even note that)? Couldn't they find a photo of Leo at a premiere or something? Ugh!

    October 13, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. laurinda,ny

    Cnn.. I wouldn't waste my time seeing that dumb movie. I do like Leonardo though, he looks so much like my dead brother. I don't think that anyone real will comment because you have managed to put them in the blue things. Why don't you let them out? Futhermore, you should watch your own news because Bush has Putin real mad at us. We are on the Eve of Destruction and I really don't think we will be America by 2012 like they say. I don't even think we will make it to 2008 for the elections. I am very annoyed at this government and every single one of us let Bush cause our downfall.

    October 13, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. Jo, ATL GA

    tell me how this is apolitical ticker and general sanchez's comment is not. per sanchez when in the military his job was to follow orders.

    that man should be locked up. he could not voice his option as a general. what a waste

    October 13, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Karen,Me.

    DeCaprio is one of the pretty boy actors, but I must say that you can't beat Al Pachino and Robert DeNiro when they were young. They were the two best looking guys. They seemed to always play in good action movies.

    October 13, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. christian Good, Melville, NY

    Veronica Bloom, Jacksonville, FL "hollywood is a money machine"? yea and the US government isnt???

    October 13, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. James, LA, CA

    This is just one example of those Hollywood idiots who are mostly Dems. What's in their mind is always taking advantage for profit.

    All the American enemies overseas are laughing at these idiot Americans. Stupid.

    October 13, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Justin - Boston, MA

    Does anybody realize that this is a picture of a wax figure?

    October 13, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. nogibbons.blogspot.com

    You think the Dean Scream was hilarious? Get a load of this. LOL!


    October 13, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Franco, Miami, Fl

    Finally, a movie worth watching that's not filled with fear mongering, reactionary, yellowist b.s. Good for Clooney!

    October 13, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Jeff, Gary IN

    The 1968 campaign would make a much better movie.

    October 13, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Scott, Los Angeles, California

    This seems like an odd combination, but then again it could make an interesting pair. What really throws me off is the movie itself, I would have never expected it to be made into a movie.

    October 13, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. JD Anderson Dayton, Ohio

    It's amazing how some people feel threatened by the idea of a movie loosely based on a politician who didn't win. Whatever happened to free speech? Let them make the movie and let the public decide if it's worth seeing. Ideas don't kill people unless you kill the idea before it is heard.

    October 13, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. sue baker

    I hope the movie shows how Dean went from media golden boy to 700 re-plays of a distorted campaign rally after Dean announced that he would break up the media monopoly.

    Will it show how the Democratic establishment threw enormous energy into smearing him too?

    Dean was too populist/anti-corporatocracy for the elites of both parties. Watch what they will do to Edwards if he gets traction.

    October 13, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Bertha Stevens, Swanton, MD

    Cheeze! Is this website populated with Bushniks and neocons??? Go find your own website! I happen to think it would be a great movie, and it could show how the Washington loop was SO VERY AFRAID that Dean might win that they rigged the media coverage against him. They did not want a man whom they couldn't control! I saw a story about him in Newsweek and it was accompanied by a photo of him looking cross and mean. I read the story, and there was nothing at all that would fit the picture (half-page) they were trying to push on us. Why use that picture? And his loud cheer was accompanied by others cheering just as loud, but the other voices were xed out. Democrats like Carville and McAuliffe also wanted him out. That would make interesting dialogue.

    October 13, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Rojelio, Palo Alto, CA

    There's a story there. The corporate media would have been rendered obsolete if Dean was brought to power by the efforts of internet grassroots. He was assassinated by the terribly unfair news coverage.

    October 13, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Joe, Medford OR

    I think a much moire gripping movie could be made about an idiot from Texas who steals the election and following a terrorist attack, with help from his henchmen conspires to steal as many of American's civil rights as possible, cuts taxes for the rich and then starts a war based on false pretenses.

    October 13, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    We could make a movie about a party that has a cult like following – they seem to use some form of mind control to make them forget their part in the war....they seem to think that Bush made up the intelligence reports that he shared with the Democrats...- yet – you have no proof of that...or anything else you guys say....it seems like one moron makes something up...and the rest follow (i.e. cult like) – now thats would be a great movie...if we weren't living it in the blogs....let me make something up...and we'll see if it sticks...."Hillary invested one thousand dollars in the commodities market...and turned it into 100K without insider trading....something that has never been done before....or after" – wait...that one is true...let me think some more...

    October 13, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Mary Beth, Houston, TX

    I would be first in line to see it. What a different world it would if Howard Dean had become president.

    October 14, 2007 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  22. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Cheeze! Is this website populated with Bushniks and neocons??? Go find your own website!

    Democrats like Carville and McAuliffe also wanted him out. That would make interesting dialogue.

    So Bertha, Carville and McAulifee both high placed liberal, lying Democrats pushed this guy out, but the Bushniks and neocons have no right to speak on the MSM and your OWN party for doing the dirty work?

    October 14, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. steve San Diego ca

    This could be a great
    politiical study

    It can depict how the Ruplican-Democratic dual head machine spent 100
    million dollars in Iowa to derail democracy and insure their hand pick
    fall guy Mike Dukakis on no John Kerry was assured the nomination, how
    CNN and Fox took an audio feed with the crowd noise edited out and
    played it 10,000 times in 24 hours.

    GO Hillary the corporate queen

     Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton?bush  let corporate
    aristocricy rule<br /

    October 14, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Carole Mills, San Rafael, CA

    Cool!!! As a former Deaniac, I have only one question: Is Brad Pitt or Matt Damon going to play Howard Dean?

    October 14, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. A. Citizen, Vote, America


    Dean created more excitement and energy on a grass root basis than any candidate.

    I'm sure the movie will show what we all know...... the current primary system is a complete and utter failure. It gives too much power to a few states and quite frankly, I'm sick of Iowa, New Hampshire and now Nevada and South Carolina.

    When exactly do the voters get to elect the next President?

    October 14, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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