The man has already taken on the stories of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, so this latest bit of news isn't a huge surprise. Variety reports that Oliver Stone, whose schedule was freed up when Pinkville was put on hold, is focusing on President George W. Bush for his next film, Bush. What is a bit of a brow raiser -- he's tapped Josh Brolin to star as Dubya. That is, Brolin will finalize his deal once Stone secures financing.

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?