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