When someone as politically outspoken as Oliver Stone announces that they will be making a fair and accurate film on the life of current President George W. Bush, skeptical eyebrows are bound to gain some altitude.
But since Stone recently announced the project, which will star Josh Brolin as the titular W, the project has quickly become much discussed and anticipated among both film and politics junkies. Will the Oliver Stone who let his political leanings get the better of him in JFK be directing the film or will it be the Oliver Stone whose Nixon created a rather sympathetic portrait of the former president? So long as it isn’t the Oliver Stone who directed Alexander.
The Hollywood Reporter recently got their hands on a copy of the script and forwarded it on to several Bush historians for their reactions, and much like the country’s opinion on the President himself, their reactions were mixed and divided.
“It leaves you with the impression that the White House is run as a fraternity house with no reverence for hierarchy, the office itself or for the implications of policy,” said Robert Draper, author of “Dead Certain: The Presidency of George Bush.” “Everybody calling everybody else nicknames and chatting about whether to go to war as if they were chatting about how to bet on a football game really misses the mark of how many White Houses, including this one, are run.”
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Although Stone wouldn’t comment for the story, the production did state that the script had gone through two more drafts since the one seen by the Hollywood Reporter. The film starts shooting later this month in Shreveport, LA.