It seems everywhere you look someone is talking about Hillary Clinton.
Whether it’s her stellar run as Secretary of State, her seventeenth win as the “Most Admired Woman In the World,” her brilliant negotiation in bringing a cease-fire to the recent Gaza/Israeli conflict, or her most recent health scare (which included some unseemly sniping from the ever-spiteful Right), Clinton is clearly “trending” on all levels as she winds up her Cabinet run and heads home to recover.
But before we can even say “Get better, Hillary,” word is out that her story has been scripted by a Hollywood screenwriter and is getting the exact kind of buzz a screenplay gets before it’s about to explode … leading inquiring minds to ask: is Rodham coming to a screen near you?
According to Politico.com, Rodham is the working title of a script penned by a 39-year-old South Korean screenwriter named Young Il Kim. The story reaches back to an earlier era of Clinton’s life, picking up when the 20-something lawyer is at the classic crossroad of career vs. boyfriend. The job was her position as the youngest attorney on the House Judiciary Committee to impeach Richard Nixon; the boyfriend? We met him later…in the White House.
“There’s this incredible irony that she worked on the impeachment process that was used against her husband,” Kim told POLITICO, referring to Bill Clinton’s impeachment scandal involving former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Kim continued: “But it’s also really a journey of a woman who was torn between her personal desires and her professional ambition — both literally pulled her thousands of miles apart, because Bill did not want to leave Arkansas, and she did not want to leave Washington, D.C.”
As is often the case in those magical Hollywood discovery stories that only happen to a lucky few, Kim wrote the script in various coffee shops in and around New Jersey, made the acquaintance of a Hollywood vet named Richard Arlook, who then sent the script to an executive named Jason Hong. Hong read it, Arlook read it, everyone was impressed; it’s now positioned as “fourth favorite” on The Black List, a Hollywood compendium of “favorite scripts”:
“The Black List was compiled from the suggestions over 290 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2012 and will not have completed principal photography during this calendar year.”
Whether the script actually makes it to the big screen remains to be seen; Hollywood is famous – infamous, really – for putting big bucks into development deals that never see the light of day. But certainly interest in the subject is at an all-time high, a fact those involved are acutely aware of. Richard Arlook’s take on the story is likely an echo of what a viewing audience would also be drawn to: the humanity of Clinton’s life.
“I’ve always seen her in the public light and formal and buttoned-down, and here she is making out with Bill and graduating college and trying to find a job. It’s them starting off and meeting and falling in love and facing all the challenges and struggles that everybody else does.” [Source]
That’s sounds like the kind of story Hollywood likes telling.
Those rooting for her to step up to the nominating table as the Democratic candidate for president in 2016 are already a waiting audience…certainly for a feature film on Clinton’s life! Odds are that “fan group” will only grow as Clinton steps away from the limelight for a period, to be burnished by the glow of her illustrious career so far. In the meantime, the audience for both Rodham and her run at the presidency will slowly be filling the seats.