CNN, NBC Hillary Clinton films canceled
September 30th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
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CNN, NBC Hillary Clinton films canceled

Update 6:01 p.m. ET: NBC is dropping plans to move forward with "Hillary," a television miniseries that was set to star Diane Lane as the former first lady.

"After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton mini-series,” an NBC spokeswoman said.

(CNN) – A feature length documentary about Hillary Clinton, commissioned by CNN Films, has been canceled after the director cited lack of cooperation from people associated with the former secretary of state.

Charles Ferguson, director of the film, made the announcement Monday morning in an item on The Huffington Post where he also described pressure placed on him by various people to try an dissuade him from moving forward with the project.

"After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn't make a film of which I would be proud," Ferguson wrote. "And so I'm canceling. (Not because of any pressure from CNN - quite the contrary.)"

CNN released a statement acknowledging that the project would not move forward.

"Charles Ferguson has informed us that he is not moving forward with his documentary about Hillary Clinton. Charles is an Academy Award winning director who CNN Films was excited to be working with, but we understand and respect his decision," said a statement from CNN Monday morning.

The documentary about Clinton, who is widely believed to be eyeing a possible 2016 Democratic presidential campaign, was scheduled to appear in theaters nationwide in 2014 before airing on CNN.


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  1. simplyput

    Here comes the Hollywood director, and the CNN censors!! Do you really think we've forgotten the sell-out the Clintons brought the country, or the impeachment?

    September 30, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty are still terrified of Hillary.

    September 30, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. panama mike

    Do you people realize just how silly you sound? And I thought the "swift boaters" were laughable. Right now I'm not too impressed with any of them. But if you're going to attack someone, make sure you don't come across as dumber than they are.

    September 30, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Mikey

    @just askin @fair – You both need to do some research on attacks on embassies and other overseas facilities over the past 50 years. This happens with a much greater frequency that any of us whould want. In fact, the patron saint of the GOP, Ronald Reagan had a terrible record on this, while Obama has a much better record. Yes, it's terrible that there was an attack. Yes, the loss of four lives was terrible. Yes, the actions were not perfect (the standard to which you hold OTHERS, not yourselves). And yes, in the confusion of the immediate aftermath, not all the information disseminated was accurate. However, you have to keep all of that in perspective.

    The right always wants to blow this stuff out of proportion every time it happens to Obama or Clinton with complete disregard for the historical record. It's like the vacation thing. Obama has taken MUCH LESS vacation than his Republican predecessors, but you'd never know it listening to you right wing lemmings.

    September 30, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein

    It sounds like everyone chickened out of working on the film or even being quoted for it.

    September 30, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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