October 13th, 2007
11:38 AM ET
7 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. Heavy C, Easton, PA

    Haley Comet

    you win. +1

    October 14, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Bon, Salina, KS

    Having just seen George Clooney's new movie "Michael Clayton" (about corporate greed) I can honestly tell you I will see every movie he is involved with for the rest of my born days! Wow!

    October 14, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary is not Howard Dean of 2004 because:

    (a) Hillary has much better campaign machine and surround herself with experieced election and political people including bill clinton (best strategist ever);

    b) Hillary has raised most funds (firing power)to get her messages across;

    c) This is the clintons' 3rd bid for president, winning the previous two;

    d) the other dem and rep candidates are light weights and few have foreign political experience;

    e) The clintons were successful in countering republican attacks during the clinton admin and came out as one of the best popular president ever. Bill Clinton left office with a job-approval rating of 66%. Three-quarters of Democrats, and 53% of voters in general, would like him to play an active role in a future Clinton administration. Nearly nine in ten Democratic voters (88%) express a positive view of Hillary's candidacy; 38% express a very positive view.

    (f) Hillary does not need to paint the whole america blue, and all she needs to do is to win one more state than john kerry.

    (g) Hillary is leading in all state primaries (except Illinois) over Obama and Edwards by a big margin.

    (h) Hillary has experience to make responsible and realistic changes, and has heart and passion for public service.

    i) Half of the American voters are women (most of which have indicated to vote for Hillary).

    j) Hillary has obtained at least half, if not more, black supports than obama. Nearly 3 times more black women have indicated to vote for hillary.

    October 14, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. three one one , ny

    George Clooney is a textbook example of an elitist liberal. When he didn't like people looking at him in Italy at the basketball court in town, he built a wall and erected a basketball court on his private property. He thinks he can buy his way out of anything. He reeks of snobbishness and hypocrisy like Al Gore (who thinks he can buy his carbon credits to pay for the guilt of using a private jet and thousands of kilowatts of power in his mansions .)

    October 14, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Conan Carey, Nagoya, Japan

    Dean's campaign had all the poetry and poignancy of any of history's great lost causes. The film could be like a contemporary "Braveheart." Or perhaps he is more like Ireland's Charles Stewart Parnell, brought down by the ruthless media noise machine that blew his loss in Iowa out of proportion. May Clooney and DiCaprio devise a fitting artistic tribute to this profile in American courage who tried to supplant the worst president in American history and put an end to his insane war of attrition. Or aren't the deaths of one million innocent civilians enough? Bush's body count puts Saddam Hussein to shame.

    October 15, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Terry B. Brauer, Portland, OR

    Excellent utilization of resources! Films about the Iraq Debacle, healthcare crises, decimation of America's middle-class, manipulation of the news media ... much less important than Howard Dean's rise and fall.

    October 15, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Chris Boeres

    Howard Dean as Citizen Kane, who'd have thunk?

    October 15, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. G, Chicago IL

    This would be an excellent movie, if done right. It has great potential to expose the evils of corporate media outlets. The fact that so many previous comments reference the "rwaaahh!" as the potential focus of the movie proves the media was successful in destroying Dean's character without looking like an assassin.

    October 16, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  9. Right is wrong, San Jose, CA

    Wow, reading the comments and realized there are whole bunch (wow again!) of rethugs and neo-cons here working hard. Really wish them go to HELL soon and take their Bush with them (Pleeease!!!) Lighten up guys! Just a movie. What are you neo-cons afraid of??? After all, Dean is ALWAYS right even he did not win!

    October 18, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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