I would be surprised if this got made, considering that we never got Obama: The Making of a Messiah, but Hillary’s background is somewhat less problematic than his, and some of her Hollywood backers may think that she needs a reintroduction to the American people.
“Rodham” is a screenplay written by Young-Il Kim who doesn’t seem to have any actual produced scripts. Last time he came to anyone’s attention, he had won an award for another unproduced screenplay about Stephen Hawking. The Hawking script, like the Rodham script, focused on a seminal moment in his life, giving you the idea that this is what Young-Il Kim does.
Next up, maybe Gates, focusing on a seminal moment in Bill Gates’ life, etc…
The producers are Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who briefly thought they could cash in on religious movies like The Nativity Story and when that didn’t work out, got lucky with Twilight. And now apparently Rodham.
The script is predictably terrible. It’s Aaron Sorkin meets Valley of the Dolls. But how could it be anything but terrible considering the source material?
Bill casually proposes to Hillary as the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew plays in the background. Hillary questions why a woman—in this case, Pat Nixon—can’t be president. This is the first of many references by various characters to Hillary’s dream of being president.
This is about as casual as a car crash.
Later on, Hillary complains about her sex life with Bill to two friends, claiming Bill is just using her for her D.C. apartment. When asked if the two have sex, she replies, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘sex’ means.”
As bad as Hillary and Bill are, I’m not sure that even they deserve a biopic littered with self-referential references to things that didn’t happen yet. Oliver Stone’s Nixon was pretty bad, but it didn’t consist of Nixon as a child telling his father, “I am not a crook.”
But this is the result of the pop culture overload in which self-referential entertainment spills over into real life and the line between reality and reality TV gets blurred.
Reporter Bob Woodward, meanwhile, refers to Hillary as “the Jill Wine Volner of the impeachment inquiry committee,” much to her chagrin. Because of this comment, John Doar, who heads the committee, suggests that Hillary ditch her skirts for pants. “From this day forward, she will always wear pantsuits,” says the script.
So we even have a pantsuit origin story. Is Hillary Clinton a superhero? Must her costume have an origin story?
After Nixon is impeached and Hillary’s work with the impeachment-inquiry staff is over, she decides to head to Arkansas to be with Bill. It’s still 1974. Her friend Betsey Wright objects, saying, “You can’t both be president!”
Subtle… like a car crash.
I haven’t seen the script, but this marginally seems like hagiography, though if it goes into production, the script will probably be transformed into something more fitting for Hillary Clinton 2016. The brilliant unproduced scripts tend to get transformed into what the producers want once they get produced.