Movie in the Works Following Barack & Michelle Obama's First Date

December 5, 2014
Source: Deadline

Barack & Michelle Obama

There's been plenty of movies made about various Presidents of the United States of America, and most of them tend to be serious, historical dramas like Lincoln and Nixon. And now Deadline reports there's a film in the works about President Barack Obama. But before you get your political panties in a bunch, it's important to note that this is a film about the romance that blossomed between he and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and it sounds pretty damn charming. The film is called Southside with You, and would unfold in the same manner as Richard Linklater's beloved Before Sunrise as it follows the President wooing Michelle on an impressive first date across the South Side of Chicago 25 years ago in 1989. Read on!

The Obamas have recounted their first date before, and it has been said that Barack had to put some effort into convincing Michelle to even go out on a date with him. He was a first-year Harvard Law student working over the summer as an associate at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, and that's where he just fell for Michelle Robinson. But the problem is that she just happened to be his younger boss. The film will follow that infamous first date that saw them visiting the Art Institute, catching a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, and just walking around the city. They were married three years later.

Perhaps the script would be better if it were adapted to not actually be about Barack and Michelle Obama, but there's a chance it would lose as much appeal as it gains by making that creative choice (though some will undoubtedly still avoid the film based on politics alone, and that's not an invitation to discuss politics below, so let's not go there). Get On Up star Tika Sumpter is already on board as Michelle Obama in the film from Richard Tanne (Worst Friends, The Roman), directing from his own screenplay, but the search is still on to find an actor to play Barack Obama in this independent production. We wouldn't count on a well-known name, but who knows. Anyone interested?

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  • Brian Sleider
    Filed under who really gives a shit, maybe 6 years ago when the whole country was awash in "Notqualifiedtorun" fever. But now? Who really gives a shit.
  • OfficialJab
    I wonder how many nice people in the middle east were on first dates when they got hit by a drone strike? No movie for them.
  • TXSteadyEddie
    Ha Ha, I wonder if she told him what not to eat on their first date. This sounds just awful, mega pass...I'd rather see a Godfather remake
  • KLD
    Lord no!! Bad president = bad movie (at least in my eyes).
  • Brian Sleider
    SO a shitty dramromcom made for what? No reason at all, I mean who wanted to see this story? The hand full of liberals who still care about the man?
    • Brian Sleider
      Docudramromcom* maybe?
  • Marvin Amerson
    This is awesome, I would love to play as President Obama in the film.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    Hate? Really? A couple of tamely worded opinions that this is a bad idea for a film equals a hate crime now? Yes this site is about the love of film; but at the same time, the talk back forums are allowed to directly address the subject matter of the stories they are discussing. If you don't agree with someone else's post, say so and explain why, by communicating your own beliefs. That is where true understanding between people begins. Just because somebody doesn't share your viewpoint does not mean that they hate you. Saying, "Why the hate?" feels more like an attempt to suppress discussion rather than encourage it. Too often these internet comment boards turn into flame wars; although First Showing does a better job of moderating that sort of thing than some other sites do. I just don't see where anything that was posted prior to your comment was at all incendiary.
    • Duane
      Hey Lister! I'm not trying to be a smeghead. :) I fully agree with you. Which is why I responded directly to comments like 'shitty dramromcom' ...and 'bad president = bad movie' and such.....which I don't quite read as tame. Even those statements are opinions I am respectful to, which is why i responded in kind....which i believe is what your point was in regards to opening a dialogue. Ethan also asked in this very same article for people not to get their 'political panties in a a bunch' in anticipation for possible partisan commentary. So in the spirit of dialogue I addressed comments which I thought to be a lil dismissive (a la...the consumption of haterade)... based on a what seemed to be the subject matters political stance. I thought I was respectful.... yet challenging. I didn't take any of this personally....I'm not a political cheerleader.... I just wanted to know what the basis for what I perceived as 'hate'. So thanks for the response Lister...Truly appreciate it..... Now go make sure the Cat isn't causing any problems for Kryten.
  • Liam Knurtsis
    Dam, as long as they cast barack correctly, you know this is gonna be on point...not like they make too many original flicks these days but ill still be on a liberal who is a born loser btw...but i have something all the haters seem to lack....conviction #makeExcuses #loki
  • avconsumer2
    Yeesh. A new challenger for the top of my "movies to ignore" list.




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