”Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Denis Leary, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Ed Begley Jr., and Bob Balaban will star in HBO Films' Recount, a drama about the 2000 presidential election and the legal and political maneuvering from the point of view of both the Bush and Gore camps.”
This sounds like a sure fire Oscar bate, but will have to do with Golden Globe status. The film starts shooting next month in Florida and is scheduled to air on HBO during the home stretch of next fall's presidential election. This is a smart move, but I would be good to have the film (if it is any good) open in theaters followed by a stint on TV. A political drama with a group of actors who have oddles of award nomination under their belt would not only guarantee box office turnover, but also TV viewership, especially at this time.
Thing get more interesting as the casting is revealed.
”Spacey stars as the former chief of staff to vice president Al Gore and one of the lead attorneys who challenged the voting results in Florida. Dern will play Katherine Harris, the secretary of state of Florida who certified that George W. Bush had won the state. Begley plays the lawyer who appealed the results and argued for the Democrats in court. Leary plays a pollster on the Democrat side, and Hurt plays Warren Christopher, a key player in the Gore camp. Wilkinson will portray James Baker, brought in by the Republicans to see that the disputed results held up. Balaban plays the lead attorney for Bush and Dick Cheney.”
Laura Dern playing a villain!!!! I am so there!
Then things take a turn for the strange and interesting. Not quite sure if it will a negative impact or not.
They have hired Jay Roach to direct (???????) a script written by Danny Strong (????? But oddly interesting)
Does the director of “Meet the Parents” and “Austin Powers” and Jonathan from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” have what it takes to do a political drama? Who knows?
I will be very curious to see the results, and we all know the dialogue will be zippy at least!