The early political life of Hillary Rodham Clinton gets the film treatment in "Rodham," a highly publicized script from South Korean writer Young Il Kim that James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now") is attached to direct. Now, courtesy of Marlow Stern at The Daily Beast, interested parties can find out what Kim has in store for the former Secretary of State.
Stern got his hands on the "Rodham" script, which -- at least in blurb form -- seems to resemble any number of biopics-cum-origin stories. For instance, when Hillary is asked about her romance with Bill Clinton, then assistant professor of law at the University of Arkansas, Rodham tells a friend that the activity in the couple's sex life "depends upon what the meaning of the word 'sex' means." (Get it?)
"Rodham" focuses on Hillary's early career, specifically her time spent on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal. (The House Judiciary Committee was responsible for impeaching President Richard Nixon.)
"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.," Kim told Politico in January.
Ponsoldt was brought on to direct "Rodham" back in April, and though he has experience with making movies about strong female characters (last year's "Smashed" and this year's "The Spectacular Now" being two prime examples), his hiring caused some controversy.
"Hiring a guy to direct the movie about the woman who is working her ass off to put more women in leadership positions around the world in a gigantic slap to everyone working on gender equity issues," Indiewire's Women & Hollywood writer Melissa Silverstein noted. "Hiring a woman for this film would make a statement -- a really good statement -- that yes, a woman can direct the movie about the early years of the most powerful woman in the world."
As of now, no one has been cast in "Rodham." For more on the "Rodham" script, including which swear word the film version of Hillary Rodham most prefers, head over to The Daily Beast.
[via The Daily Beast]