Jay Roach, director of HBO’s upcoming “Game Change,” said that he reached out to Sarah Palin, but to little surprise the answer was no.

At today’s Television Critics Assn. panel on the movie version of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book, Roach said, “I personally on behalf of the (movie) reached out to Sarah Palin and made a personal request. I wrote a long letter explaining that I thought we would just do better at getting this story right if she would talk to us, and that our main motive was to try to tell the story as faithfully and authentically as we possibly could.

“I got a very quick e-mail back from her attorneys saying, ‘I checked. She declines.'”
The movie, focusing on the 2008 presidential race, stars Julianne Moore as Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain.
Variety’s Jon Weisman has more from the session here.