CNN, NBC Hillary Clinton films canceled
September 30th, 2013
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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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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. just asking

    hmmmm.... they must have been doing a segment on hillary clinton's benghazi disaster. i can see why they wouldn't cooperate. 4 americans died, hillary clinton lied. wouldn't make a good movie for her.

    September 30, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Hmmph. I'd guess that they're gonna be too busy running, or supporting in some way, a political campaign for POTUS in 2016.

    September 30, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    No problem... Our next President Clinton doesn't need this distraction anyway.

    September 30, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Tom

    "A lack of cooperation"

    Priceless. Seems to be a theme with her

    September 30, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Rusty Krus

    @just asking
    hmmmm.... they must have been doing a segment on hillary clinton's benghazi disaster. i can see why they wouldn't cooperate. 4 americans died, hillary clinton lied. wouldn't make a good movie for her.

    How many people died due to Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction?

    September 30, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. kayla

    don't worry hillary, you will be madam president no matter how hard they try to prevent it.

    September 30, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. O'drama ya Mama

    Guess reince prebius got his wish after all. Just remember in 2016 you can no longer use this as an excuse for losing the election.

    September 30, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. 94M

    More than likley Clinton's people could not control what the content was going to be ("After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn't make a film of which I would be proud," Ferguson wrote. "). They are extreamly protective of her image and who has access to her. She has a fanitical following and her supporters probably don't want to mess that up before 2016. The real Hillary is vastly different than what main stream news organizations feed the public.

    September 30, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. O'drama ya Mama

    Rusty Krus

    @just asking
    hmmmm.... they must have been doing a segment on hillary clinton's benghazi disaster. i can see why they wouldn't cooperate. 4 americans died, hillary clinton lied. wouldn't make a good movie for her.

    How many people died due to Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction?
    September 30, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    I must have asked at least 100 Republicans that same question in the last year and they all seem to go silent afterwards.

    September 30, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "How many people died due to Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction?"
    -------
    Deflection.

    September 30, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. kirk

    Wish I could see the look on a certain someones face when he first hears of Hillary' s win, priceless! Ha, soon enough, with the path your gop is on any dem will walk into office,, and again, must be the message, too funny!

    September 30, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. tom l

    @just asking
    "hmmmm.... they must have been doing a segment on hillary clinton's benghazi disaster. i can see why they wouldn't cooperate. 4 americans died, hillary clinton lied. wouldn't make a good movie for her.

    How many people died due to Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction?
    September 30, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    I must have asked at least 100 Republicans that same question in the last year and they all seem to go silent afterwards."

    So Rusty and O'drama...thank you for admitting that Hillary Clinton lied.

    September 30, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. kirk

    Deflection? How so, ignoring a similar incident, it two, or three, you get it, just shows hoe pathetic he sounds, why is it intangible to ask that?

    September 30, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    "How many people died due to Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction?"

    Deflection.
    ----------------–
    Nope, reflection. It all began with a right winger's deflection, [more properly known as "bait and switch"] to Benghazi.

    September 30, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Ccampa

    People just think about it. The GOP themselves said the film would "tip" the scales in her favor on a presidential election. That is an admission that all of her accoplishments make her the most qualified candicate. It is admitted by the GOP!
    The pubics, including the t-baggers and the air-matress Palin are so affraid of her, it is very entertaining to see them tremble at the though!
    HILLARY 2016!!!!

    September 30, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. kirk

    Just remember, after the election, you'll still.hsbr benghazi, and not much else.your party tries to control everything, women's rights voting rights, if you can honestly say you don't think they are trying to rig the election, you need help, yet act like this is a responsible party, and would never throw you under the bus gir the rich. Of course not, Romney had nothing to hide on his taxes either, gullible is an understatement

    September 30, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Larry in Houston

    CNN, why don't you wait till After the 2014 mid-terms, then do your "Hillary" thing. She may change her mind, if there is a republican sweep in 2014. And I don't blame her. It's not worth all the "in-fighting"

    September 30, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Why would I want to watch a move about Hillary Clinton , I'll wait till after her presidency.

    @Buck from Texas
    Obama Care is going to kill a lot of seniors.

    ====

    Buck , you said the same thing about WMD's in Iraq .

    Your past performance sheet on predictions is not good , in fact your batting record is ZERO !

    September 30, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Bruce

    @ fair is fair
    they must have been doing a segment on hillary clinton's benghazi disaster. i can see why they wouldn't cooperate. 4 americans died, hillary clinton lied. wouldn't make a good movie for her.

    Now that's the true deflection from what the article was really about.

    September 30, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    Remember every utterance of B-B-Benghazi reveals the crazy out there and will drive people to vote liberal in fear of what the alternative is.

    September 30, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Wake up People!

    The way things are going, Hillary can just sit back and watch the GOP implode. They are making it easier and easier for her to be the first female POTUS.
    I've literally never seen such irrational hatred..... Well except for the movie Rosewood.

    September 30, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @just asking: "hmmmm.... they must have been doing a segment on hillary clinton's benghazi disaster. i can see why they wouldn't cooperate. 4 americans died, hillary clinton lied. wouldn't make a good movie for her."

    No, Hilary's just had it with people making propaganda films about her that have nothing to do with the truth.

    September 30, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Fair is Fair
    "How many people died due to Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction?"
    ---
    Deflection.
    ______

    No, a fair question, with this follow-up: Were you ever this upset about the destruction to our nation's economy under Bush? How about 9/11 and the 12 attacks against U.S. diplomatic missions that occurred during the Bush admin? Talk about a weak president – Bush takes the cake!

    And unlike the multiple public hearings regarding Benghazi (from which NO Democrats EVER walked out), Georgie and Dick would only talk about 9/11 behind closed doors, not under oath, and with no recording devices of any kind allowed. Off the top of your head, how many hearings were conducted about all of the attacks that happened under Bush – and how many times did Fox and the right-wing echo chamber go ballistic over it?

    It's not deflection – it's the FACT that you can't handle the information and testimony about Benghazi doesn't fit your narrative about President Obama. And you and your ilk will do ANYTHING to deflect from the fact that his opponents are a bunch of losers who'd rather harm our country than ever let President Obama succeed at anything.

    September 30, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. just asking

    democrats voted for the war in iraq. most of the intel was acquired while bill clinton was in office. even hillary clinton spoke about wmd in iraq. i guess hillary and bill clinton were lying too? you leftist clowns do nothing but lie and spin to keep people confused. and to keep hillary clinton from answering a few simple questions like what did she do during the entire benghazi attack? her vaunted review board (which she hand picked) did't even interview her! a total cover up and a sham. the truth will come out lefties. one way or another she will have to answer the tough questions about her involvement. you cannot shield her forever and cover up forever.

    September 30, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Richard Long

    Biden 2016, baby!!!

    September 30, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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