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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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments


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.

Brian Sleider on Dec 5, 2014


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.

OfficialJab on Dec 5, 2014


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

TXSteadyEddie on Dec 5, 2014


Lord no!! Bad president = bad movie (at least in my eyes).

KLD on Dec 5, 2014


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 on Dec 5, 2014


Docudramromcom* maybe?

Brian Sleider on Dec 5, 2014


This is awesome, I would love to play as President Obama in the film.

Marvin Amerson on Dec 5, 2014


Wow. Whats the hate for? There have been movies made about less than ideal political figures that were either compelling, riveting or average...spanning different genres from blaxploitation, drama and comedy (and thats just Nixon). This is a movie site about cats sharing ideals and love of film. Ethan paints his opinion around the idea of basing the film around the Before Sunrise series....which was charming as hell. If people are interested.... let them give it a go. if ur not... that's cool... This is a film forum first.....not Politico, Huffpost or Geez. and on an unrelated note.... thanks FS for the blurbs on Dear White People and Top 5. The former was really awesome and insightful..... and I am so there for the latter. Thanks for the incredible reporting guys. Job well done.

Duane on Dec 5, 2014



DAVIDPD on Dec 6, 2014


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.

DaveLister_JMC on Dec 6, 2014


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.

Duane on Dec 6, 2014


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

Liam Knurtsis on Dec 6, 2014


Yeesh. A new challenger for the top of my "movies to ignore" list.

avconsumer2 on Dec 8, 2014

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