James Ponsoldt Attached to Direct Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton Biopic
An interesting new project for one of my favorite up-and-coming directors - James Ponsoldt. He directed last year's underseen but outstanding indie gem Smashed and has this year's The Spectacular Now coming up for release in August. During the festival he got attached to an adaptation of the Pure series of books, now he's looking to stay more dramatic with a biopic. The Wrap is reporting that Ponsoldt is now attached to direct Rodham, an indie movie about politician Hillary Rodham Clinton's early years during Watergate. The script, by Young Il Kim, is from the 2012 Black List and is in the works at Temple Hill Entertainment.
The project is in early development with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen at Temple Hill, plus Richard Arlook of the Arlook Group. Apparently they're planning "to attach an actress to the project before shopping it to studios and independent financiers," however "several top actresses have expressed interest" already. It sounds like they're trying to assemble a great team of talent and Ponsoldt is certainly talented, working with the likes of just-as-talented actresses Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson and Shailene Woodley recently. I really do love Ponsoldt, he's one of my favorites for a reason, because he directs with so much heart and passion and it shows in every frame. The performances he gets from his cast are incredible.
The synopsis from the Black List reveal for Young Il Kim's Rodham: "During the height of the Watergate scandal [in the 1970s], rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas." This already sounds like it will be fascinating to watch, especially if Ponsoldt directs, and career-making for whoever plays Hillary Rodham. You can bet we'll be keeping an eye on the development of this.
Ponsoldt is attached to a number of other projects, so we're not sure which one will end up in development first. A few weeks ago, we also reported that James had been hired to script a new version of Pippin for The Weinstein Company, and set to adapt and direct Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, based on the novel by Matthew Quick, author of last year's Silver Linings Playbook. I'm looking forward to seeing whatever he directs next, and we'll be posting updates on The Spectacular Now, in theaters on August 2nd this year.