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Harvey Weinstein may have a second October Surprise up his sleeve to help the flailing Obama administration earn a second term.
Weinstein's "Butter" feature, a not so thinly veiled attack on the Tea Party, is set to bow before November's presidential election. But now, one of Hollywood's biggest Obama boosters may be plotting to drop a second film into the early Fall schedule, one celebrating the president's biggest accomplishment - the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Deadline.com reports Weinstein is in heated negotiations to buy "Code Name: Geronimo," a film detailing the bin Laden hunt.
It's the second feature planned around the Navy SEALs successful mission to take out the terrorist mastermind. The first, director Kathryn Bigelow's unnamed Osama project, was supposed to hit theaters before election day as well until enough people complained about the timing - and the suggestion that the filmmakers received classified information from a White House eager to see this story play out before the votes get tallied.
It's hard to imagine Weinstein not depositing "Geronimo" onto the film schedule before Election Day should the acquisition process go forth. Doing so will beat Bigelow's project to the punch, a fair argument in the movie business. But it's also a chance for Weinstein to do more for Obama than simply write checks. The film will re-start the conversation about Obama's "gutsy call," letting biased press outlets ignore inconvenient details dug up by new media outlets.
WASHINGTON | Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:26pm EDT
(Reuters) - Moviemakers producing a film about the U.S. special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are getting help from the Pentagon, but the Obama administration dismissed concerns on Wednesday that classified information has been divulged.
White House rejects claim about bin Laden raid film
Aug 10, 2011
There may be an overtly political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote for president. Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama on their studio's premises in California last April. So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold a political fundraiser this cycle. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012--less than a month before the presidential election.
Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election