Lionsgate’s Hillary Clinton Biopic To Begin Shooting in 2014

Hillary Clinton Biopic Rodham Lionsgate
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Producers aiming for 2014 shoot

Lionsgate is in early talks to acquire distribution rights to the indie drama “Rodham,” which covers Hillary Clinton’s life during the early 1970s.

“Rodham” is being produced by Richard Arlook of the Arlook Group and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey at Temple Hill Entertainment. Godfrey told Variety that plans are to start shooting next year.

Temple Hill produced the five “Twilight” films, which were released through Summit. Lionsgate acquired Summit before the final film was released.

“The Spectacular Now” director James Ponsoldt has been on board to helm for several months. Carey Mulligan emerged this summer as a possible candidate for the lead role, but no actors have been attached.

The “Rodham” script by Young Il Kim — selected fourth on last year’s Black List after “Draft Day,” “A Country of Strangers” and “Seuss” — is set during the height of the Watergate scandal when Rodham was the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon. She soon found herself forced to choose between a path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who was teaching law in Arkansas.

The Lionsgate news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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