The Change Biopics Need?
Hollywood has satirized and sanitized American presidents. How will Barack Obama fare?
The Barack Obama era will bring us many things, including, no doubt, a major motion picture. That may at first seem counterintuitive: After all, the story itself is certainly nowhere near completion. Asked during a Frost/Nixon junket interview in December, producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard agreed it was too early to talk about an Obama biopic. But the onetime Illinois senator’s acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, remains a much-discussed potential movie property, and with good reason: It’s a self-contained bildungsroman, written before Obama entered politics. While the forty-fourth president’s story may have just begun, the narrative of Dreams possesses a satisfying arc all its own. With Hollywood swooning over the new commander in chief, the temptation may be too great to resist.
… full text available to registered users