There is still one Hillary movie project on the horizon, a biographical film called "Rodham" that focuses on Hillary's 1974 work for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate probe. An early script leak to the Daily Beast had fictional -- and sensationalistic -- elements. Hillary is asked if she and Bill have premarital sex, and she replies, "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'sex' means."
The leaked script also suggests Hillary had a flirty relationship with Bill Weld, the future liberal Republican governor of Massachusetts (who also served on the House Watergate effort). That ends when young Slick Willie calls on her birthday and plays the saxophone over the telephone, both "Happy Birthday" and "Hail to the Chief." This apparently seals their lifelong bond.
The early script also had Hillary dropping all kinds of F-bombs, especially of the "mother" variety, "much to Bill's delight." It shouldn't be shocking to find that the moviemakers are hiking backwards on this vulgar trail. James Ponsoldt, the director attached to the project, told The Atlantic Wire that he's "not really interested in airing the dirty laundry of famous people" and the story "predates any of the feelings people have about the Clintons, for better or for worse," but that is simply not true.
The New York Times reported that a "person briefed on the film's progress said the script had been toned down" after the script leaked, and "the new version, this person said, will be more genteel, with a greater focus on the love story." Because, as we all know, the Clintons would like the media elites to describe Bill's romantic style as "more genteel."
It remains to be seen if this Watergate-era project is any more likely to be finished than the CNN and NBC films. It currently has no cast and no financing. The political '70s aren't churning out hits. In recent years, Oliver Stone's "Nixon" and Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" grossed $13 million and $18 million in America, respectively.
The likeliest Hillary movie on the horizon is another documentary from the feisty conservatives of Citizens United. When they produced "Hillary: The Movie" in 2008, Clinton liberals took them all the way to the Supreme Court, only to lose. Part Deux should be a doozy.
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