Friday, March 23, 2007

Nathan Hale goes Hollywood




Wow. I never thought I'd live to see this, but I'm fairly jazzed at the news.

Looks as if a big-screen treatment of Nathan Hale is in the works. Based on a forthcoming book by M. William Phelps. (Here's the official release if you want more than the Variety blurb.)

" 'We want to do it as an exciting spy story,' Josephson Entertainment VP Danica Radovanov said. 'Phelps has uncovered a lot of new details.' "

This is the perfect way to attack Hale's story, which is literal cloak-and-dagger stuff. Nor do I see any immediate red flags in the people this far fronting this production.

I just found the author's website, and while I can't say that first 8x10 glossy instills me with a lot of confidence, the dude does have a resume.

Actually, I'm far more comfortable with a Geraldo-style journalist doing this than, say, your average Ivy Leaguer on sabbatical from CNN. Though really, I can't see anyone having the audacity to play this for any contemporary political spin.

On the other hand, Warner picking this up for its "relevance today" just makes me nervous somehow. Probably nothing and maybe even something pro-American at the heart of that statement, but I've been burned before. Pretty much every time the phrase is uttered by studio execs, in fact.

(Not to mention Charlie Sheen, Rosie O'Donnell and Mark friggin' Cuban are doing a feature film based on that cheeseball YouTube movie that argued the American government was behind 9/11. So I guess nothing is sacred and beyond abuse.)

Still, I have high hopes for this. And for Matt Reilly's work over at Warner Bros. too, perhaps, if he's the kind of outside the box thinker who will greenlight material like this again.

2 comments:

DissonanceIsBliss said...

The good news about that bogus 9/11 conspiracy movie is that Rosie O'Donnell is box office poison, so nobody is going to see it.

DissonanceIsBliss said...

The good news about that bogus 9/11 conspiracy movie is that Rosie O'Donnell is box office poison, so nobody is going to see it.