People are supposed to be working on a script.
The Media Mob has learned that a team of Hollywood insiders is currently working on a screen adaptation of Truth And Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power–the 2005 book by former CBS News producer Mary Mapes, in which she defends the 60 Minutes II story by Dan Rather about President George W. Bush’s time in the Texas Air National Guard, which ran on CBS in September 2004 and eventually led to her ouster from the network.
Who would want to turn “Rathergate” into a feature-length film?
According to sources familiar with the situation, Producer Mikkel Bondesen, (his credits include serving as executive producer on the USA Network series “Burn Notice”) is actively working on the adaptation with screenwriter James Vanderbilt.
Mr. Vanderbilt wrote the screenplay for the 2007 serial killer movie Zodiac–based on the nonfiction book by Robert Graysmith–and is currently writing the screenplay for Spider-Man 4.
In the book, Ms. Mapes was highly critical of how her bosses at CBS and Viacom handled the aftermath of the wildly controversial story about President Bush’s military service. Along the way, she lays much of the groundwork for what could be a juicy White House conspiracy thriller.
I’m one of those people who doesn’t feel a need to watch recent history portrayed in a movie, unless there is some inspiring story to be told. A journalist or a group of them having their work exposed as fraudulent just doesn’t fit that requirement.
I wasn’t a blogger at the time, the fall of 2004 was when I first began reading a few select blogs, Michelle Malkin was one of them. So I did get a small whiff of how bloggers exposed the documents as being phony.
Who will play the bloggers in the movie? Wizbang readers are free to leave their casting selections.
Hat tip- Ann Althouse who asks “Who plays Dan Rather?” Will Ferrell?