Sony Plans White House Butler Project

Sony has landed feature film rights to Wil Haygood’s Washington Post report “A Butler Well Served by This Election” reports the trades.

The film is the life story of African-American butler Eugene Allen who served for 34 years at the White House. Allen worked for eight presidents, starting as a pantry man for Harry Truman in 1952 and ending in 1986 with Ronald Reagan.

Haygood’s story included reflections by Allen and his wife Helene in an interview a few days before the election of Barack Obama. Helene died on the day before the election and was buried on the same day that the article was published – November 7th.

Haygood will be an associate producer and researcher on the project. Laura Ziskin is producing.