Oliver Stone's Bush Biopic Hitting Theaters Pre-Election!
by Alex Billington
May 10, 2008
This whole movie is four years too late! Maybe W would have done a better job of showing America the idiot that we were about to elect back in 2004 instead of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. If this movie hit theaters back then, you probably wouldn't be complaining about the cost of gas, but that's all history now. You've seen the photos, read the details, now see the movie! Although Oliver Stone's biopic on George W. Bush won't start filming until next week in Shreveport, Louisiana, Lionsgate has picked up the rights and already set a release date - October 17th, 2008. You heard me right - they're releasing W just a few weeks before this year's big election!
When I first heard about the movie last year, it was mentioned that it was going to be finished in time to hit theaters before the election this year. No one believed me… It is kind of hard to imagine a movie of this scale and size being finished entirely in a mere five months, but Oliver Stone will definitely be able to pull it off. In fact, he has to, because Lionsgate wants to ride the current buzz as well as the opportunity to hit theaters prior to this year's election. Although Bush isn't running (thankfully), and this won't necessarily have a major impact on either the democrats or republicans, it's still the perfect time to debut it.
One of W's producers, Bill Block, stated: "'W' is in the most innovative hands with Lionsgate and Omnilab Media. With the backdrop of the election this fall, 'W' will be an event picture that will be eagerly anticipated. Oliver Stone, Moritz Borman and myself could not be more excited about Lionsgate leading the charge this October." Oliver Stone commented as well, making a powerful statement despite being regarded by many as the worst director to do a biopic on Bush.
"The impact of George W. Bush's presidency will be felt for many years to come. Despite a meteoric, almost illogical rise to power, and a tremendous influence on the world, we don't really know much about Mr. Bush beyond the controlled images we've been allowed to see on TV. This movie's taking a bold stab at looking behind that curtain. I'm real pleased that Lionsgate has the independence necessary to bring this provocative story to an American audience."
Just the other day when I was writing up the post about the Entertainment Weekly cover photo, I was shocked to find out that W. didn't have a distributor yet. Are the studios scared to distribute it? With the immense about of press that this is currently getting, it was Lionsgate who ended up with the distribution rights? Were they the only ones who were brave enough to handle this movie? If that is the case, I definitely commend them for their decision - I'm certain it's going to payoff in the end. I'd suggest you make plans now to be in theaters on October 17th.