Monday, August 11, 2008

Chris Columbus to direct new film on RFK

Chris Columbus, director as well as producer of two "Harry Potter" films and many others, has acquired the rights to Thurston Clarke's "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America". Clarke's book is a New York Times bestseller and Columbus will adapt it for the screen and also serve as director for the project.

From Variety, Aug. 10, 2008:

In his first deal since forming a first-look alliance with India-based Reliance Big Entertainment, Columbus and his 1492 Prods. have acquired screen rights to the Thurston Clarke book "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America."
Columbus will produce with 1492 partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Columbus will write the script solo or invite another scribe to work with him. That choice will depend on his availability, as Columbus is currently finalizing a directing project for early next year.
Kennedy's idealistic campaign, which focused squarely on poverty, racism and ending the unpopular Vietnam War, resonated with Columbus and his 1492 partners. While losing his iconic brother made him wary of crowds, Kennedy refused to insulate himself from the public during his run.
"Chris was inspired by the fearlessness Robert showed in those 82 days," Barnathan said.



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