Oliver Stone has planned his next directorial outing – “Bush,” a film focusing on the life and presidency of George W. Bush reports Variety.
Stone’s planned My Lai massacre drama “Pinkville” was cancelled late last year due to the writer’s strike, and so now many of the crew scheduled to be involved in that project are instead doing “Bush.”
Josh Brolin is attached to play the title role and Stone aims to use seminal events in Bush’s life to explain how he came to power (ala “Nixon,” “The Queen”).
“Wall Street” co-writer Stanley Weiser penned the pre-strike script which Stone is shopping to studios at the moment.
If financing comes together quickly, the film could start production by April and could be in theaters around election or inauguration time. Scouting has already taken place in Louisiana for locations.
Stone has made some very critical comments about the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq but insists this project will not be a pro or anti Bush treatise, rather it will “contain surprises for Bush supporters and his detractors.”
He also claims he’ll “cover the demons in his private life, his bouts with his dad and his conversion to Christianity, which explains a lot of where he is coming from. It includes his belief that God personally chose him to be president of the United States, and his coming into his own with the stunning, preemptive attack on Iraq.”