Palin movie coming to theaters this summer
May 25th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin movie coming to theaters this summer

Washington (CNN) - A secretly-produced, $1 million feature film about Sarah Palin will debut next month in Iowa, a reminder that the former Alaska governor remains a very real factor in the Republican presidential nominating contest despite dismissals of her potential candidacy by GOP insiders.

The two-hour movie - the existence of which was first reported late Tuesday by RealClearPolitics and confirmed by CNN - is the work of conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon.

Bannon was first approached by Palin and her staff after last November's midterm elections and asked to produce a series of videos that would highlight the former governor's record in Alaska, an attempt to recover her "maverick" brand and repair the political fallout from her decision to quit the governorship in 2009.

The filmmaker took the idea a step further. With editorial control and his own financing, Bannon produced a feature-length film taking a favorable look at Palin's rise to power in Alaska, her reform efforts as governor and her blockbuster entrance onto the national political stage as John McCain's running mate in 2008.

Quietly and with the help of Palin and her team, Bannon was granted access to key Palin allies in Alaska and a treasure trove of rarely seen footage, including images dating back to Palin's time on the Wasilla City Council, her first political office.

Palin and her husband Todd were given a private screening of the film last week in Arizona, CNN confirmed. The movie's title: "The Undefeated."

Palin has been relatively quiet as of late aside from a handful of Fox News appearances, but word of the film is sure to be a wake-up call to Republican operatives in Washington and in key early primary states who have largely brushed aside the possibility of a Palin presidential bid.

She is, her supporters argue, the only potential candidate with the kind of political muscle needed to skip some of the early nominating hurdles like network debates or the closely-watched Ames Straw Poll, and still join the presidential primary race in September or October with a credible and devoted grassroots following.

A Palin adviser re-affirmed to CNN Tuesday that she is still "seriously considering" a White House bid.

With the film's rollout certain to grab media attention, Republican candidates already in the race are likely to face questions about Palin as they ramp up their campaigns this summer.

Bannon told RealClearPolitics he plans to premier the film in late June in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, followed by a promotional swing through the other pivotal states of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    If only god didn't have a sense of humor.

    May 25, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Clwyd

    Will this be the cartoon that comes before the main feature?

    May 25, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. EddyL

    Isn't the country sick to death of this boob yet?

    May 25, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. jim

    i won't be watching it. ever. too many people will incorrectly think it's not fiction or fantasy.

    May 25, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. NVa Native

    This constant revision of history and denial of proven facts and science by the Republicana and their cheering squad of tea-baggers is becoming dangerous to our society.

    May 25, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Tim Doogan

    When someone makes a movie about you, it means you're DONE.

    May 25, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Billy Davis

    Baaaahahahaha, the Undefeated? Will someone tell this clown she lost in 2008 to Obama/Biden. The idiot from Wasilla just doesn't get it. She a caricature.

    May 25, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Desert Red

    A sure-fire contender for the Oscars in the "Complete Fiction" category.

    May 25, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Carol

    Palin has to make a movie since she cannot function on her own two feet. If people want to know her true record in Alaska, they need to talk to Alaskans, not Palin. Ask what terrible shape she left Wasilla in. She is probably doing this to try to counteract the books coming out about her. If they are talking to her allies, do they expect nothing less than sugar coating? How dumb is this, but her supporters will believe every word and spend their money to see this clown. I would be embarrassed to be seen at any type of Palin event.

    May 25, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Bill Decoty

    God does have a sense of humor,the joke is in the Whitehouse.

    May 25, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. BlackPanthers2020

    Why is there a movie about Palin ? What has she done for America for her to have a movie made about her ? Absolutely nothing , she's not in politic's and she can't give you a concrete answer about the problems that are going on in this country and the world . The only that ever comes out of her mouth is to attack anyone that doesn't agree with her and besides she's a racist and what made her think that the majority of Americans would have voted for her ...................NOT !!!

    May 25, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Lawrence

    "Skip network debates" cause she has nothing intelligent to say anyway,(not that her following would care )

    May 25, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. InSedona

    Isn't this normally called Infomercial??

    May 25, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Sickofsarah

    Go away Sarah. Go away!

    May 25, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Sylvia Saint

    The movie should be titled "The Extreme Makover of Winky Palin".

    May 25, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Joe from Boston

    It should be called, "The Inane"

    May 25, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Henry

    What a joy. This is great. We know she will NEVER be elected president in any general election. The only thing she does is keep this Republican contest going (and her "brand" at the same time). She is simply not electable. Period.

    May 25, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Palin has too much damage to repair. In case no one has been paying attention (that includes the Pailin inner circle) Palin has been in a downward media spiral ever since that "blood libel" remark she made a few months back. Her first 'official' visit to the political cliff was the Couric interview. Her first 'official' visit to SNL was an artistic milestone, but still a political disaster. The list goes on and on.

    And she will never, not ever, be taken seriously until she conducts a competent interview with the notorious 'lame stream' media again. Doesn't matter what she says or does to improve herself (she could become a Rhodes Scholar and it would not make a difference) she will never be taken seriously until she conducts a competent interview away from Fox.

    May 25, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. jerseylou

    Clowns make a lot of money in these difficulted days.

    May 25, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    When will they release the Palin Action figure? Press the button, and the doll leaps on any money not nailed down. If it does not get the money, it talks about lamestream media and how she is a victim.

    Does it come with a Todd Palin-sidekick doll, complete with snowmobile?

    May 25, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Anyone like Bill Decoty who thinks this woman has any substance is an insult to their former teachers, who won't be getting any performance bonuses.

    May 25, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. ConserFASCISTS

    What a joke! I wish it were a play on broadway so people can get a chance to throw tomatoes, eggs and lettuce at the actress portraying the numbskull.

    May 25, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Bill

    It is either a horror movie or a comedy.

    May 25, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Marcus

    Stephen Bannon? Stephen K. Bannon, the guy that directed 'Generation Zero'?
    Not a good sign.

    May 25, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. J'Rod

    Personally, I hope she does run. What better way to get people on both sides of the aisles motivated enough to cast votes. Without her, I believe complacency on both sides will occur. (This, by no means, is an endorsement of the idiot)

    May 25, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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