Obama Flick Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted on Apr 9, 2009
Quick—someone buy Rush Limbaugh advance tickets: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (otherwise known as SPWAG) has bought limited rights to the documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama,” produced by Edward Norton’s Class 5 Films. HBO Documentary Films will be releasing the movie in U.S. theaters.
“Washington Whispers” in U.S. News & World Report:
You knew it was coming: A movie of Barack Obama’s historic election as the nation’s first African-American president. Sony Pictures tells Whispers that it has acquired the rights to distribute the HBO documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. In describing the film, the media giants say that the previously untitled flick won’t be just a collage of biographical and campaign video. Added will be interviews with staffers and campaign aides to give us a behind-the-scenes look at life in Obamaland. It ought to be pretty polished: Ed Norton’s Class 5 Films did the work.
AP photo / Morry Gash
The cycle is complete: Obama, once accused by rival John McCain of being a “celebrity,” is now going to be a movie star, thanks in part to actor/producer Edward Norton.