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.

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