Inside Move: Remaking 1949’s Oscar-winner ‘King’

Ragin' Cajun Carville plays pic's maker

It’s the Kingfish, stupid.

James Carville, longtime Democratic strategist and pundit has teamed up with Phoenix Pictures chairman Mike Medavoy to hatch a remake of the 1949 Oscar winner “All the King’s Men.”

This time though, the story of a rural politician’s rise and corruption will be focused more narrowly.

“I think the emphasis on the first one was way too much on the king, and not enough on the king’s men — or women,” says Carville, “and I just think there’s a hell of a remake in it.”

Columbia Pictures has the rights to the original Robert Rossen-helmed adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel, and studio brass plan to meet with Carville, Medavoy and Phillips this week.

Carville, of course, is Louisiana’s other favorite son, who helped put Bill Clinton in the White House in 1993 with a laser-like focus on economic issues. He will now turn his formidable powers of persuasion on Col chairman Amy Pascal. The strategist is no stranger to Hollywood or to Medavoy, having helped make rain for Democrats for years, and having appeared in Phoenix’s 1996 biopic, “The People vs. Larry Flynt” as the prosecutor. More recently, he had a cameo in “Road Trip,” for helmer Todd Phillips, who is producing the remake with Medavoy.

“Louisiana happens to be the backdrop,” says Carville. “But it’s really a tale about human nature. It’s very complex. This is the kind of project that people will want to be involved with. “

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