So, the rush is on to find money and shoot the script that was penned by Stanley Weiser (who co-wrote Wall Street with Stone) this spring -- to be released just in time for the fall election. You would think Stone might have wanted to do this last time around, when Bush was looking at a second term, but I guess not. Whatever the case, should he find the money, much of the Pinkville crew has jumped to Bush, so slipping into production quickly shouldn't be a problem.
Now, considering some of the filmmaker's comments on the current president, you'd think this would just be an anti-Bush rant. However, Stone says it will instead be about how the man came to power: "It's a behind-the-scenes approach, similar to Nixon, to give a sense of what it's like to be in his skin. But if Nixon was a symphony, this is more like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone. People have turned my political ideas into a cliche, but that is superficial. I'm a dramatist who is interested in people, and I have empathy for Bush as a human being, much the same as I did for Castro, Nixon..."
Whatever he has planned, I really hope that he finds the money, because I have got to see Brolin as Bush. I never would have thought of it, and still find the casting surprising, but I'm well beyond curious. How about you?