Eugene Allen served as White House butler for more than three decades before retiring during the Reagan presidency.
Just after Barack Obama was elected president, The Washington Post published the affecting story of former White House butler Eugene Allen—and Hollywood was definitely paying attention.
The Hollywood Reporter:
Columbia is bringing the story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a White House butler for 34 years, to the big screen.
Columbia has picked up Allen’s life rights as well as the rights to a Washington Post article by Wil Haygood that was published Nov. 7, three days after Barack Obama was elected president. Laura Ziskin is producing.