“Hillary” is not the only Hillary Rodham Clinton-fueled film now in production. There are three.
Lest we forget, “Rodham” is also underway. CNN, meanwhile, has commissioned an unnamed feature-length documentary on Mrs. Clinton, which perhaps should be called “Mrs. Clinton” or “HRC” or even “Hill,” now that all the other names are taken. The point man is Academy Award-winning director/producer Charles Ferguson, who got lofty about the former secretary of state on Monday, saying her life and work “embody so many of America’s, and the world’s, hopes and challenges.”
All three projects appear to burnish heroic portrayals of Mrs. Clinton at pivotal times in her life. All will be flashed before the public in the golden window of 2014-15, as the presidential race ignites and the campaigns compete for public attention.
There are differences, though. “Hillary” is a four-hour miniseries that focuses on 1998 to 2011 as the heroine morphs from the first lady who warned of a “vast right wing conspiracy” to senator to presidential hopeful to diplomat. It will air on NBC as a special broadcast event.
“Rodham” is a feature-length independent film destined for theatrical release, showcasing a young Hillary Rodham before she met a certain young man from Arkansas. Advance peeks at the working script revealed there are some lovey-dovey moments between a 26-year-old Miss Rodham and 27-year-old Bill Clinton.
Screenwriter Young Il Kim already has downplayed the media obsession with romance, however. “I didn’t write ‘50 Shades of Rodham,’ ” he told The Daily Telegraph.
CNN, meanwhile, promises “a comprehensive look at the professional and personal life of one of the most powerful women in American politics,” to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on the news network.