By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik October 20, 2011 at 1:55AM
Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming thriller about the hunt to assassinate Osama Bin Laden looks like it will be released after next year’s presidential election, according to the New York Times, thwarting right-wing efforts to politicize the movie in silly ways.
When it was first announced the movie might come out on Oct 12, 2012, wingnut bloggers suggested Sony was working in concert with the Obama administration to influence the election by trumpeting the President's foreign policy triumph. It was always a ludicrous charge (not even Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" did anything to sway voters) and as I've argued before, I'm sure the Bigelow film would do more for Republican causes (such as an avid pro-military stance) than Democrat.
If such news disappoints partisans looking for something to attack, the Times dutifully offers a number of substitute movies to help foment ideological division. In an article titled "The Sniping of Partisans, This Time on the Screen," the Times highlights some others:
- The Weinstein Company's not-so-thinly veiled parody of Michelle Bachmann, "Butter," as well as its Margaret Thatcher bio-pic "The Iron Lady," which Harvey Weinstein suggested to the Times might not please fans of Ms. Thatcher’s American counterpart Ronald Reagan.
- “Game Change,” an HBO movie based on a book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, about the 2008 presidential campaign.
- An immigration-themed documentary based on journalist Jose Antonio Vargas's experience as an undocumented worker and Pulitzer Prize winner on a team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings for The Washington Post.
- “Knife Fight,” about the agonies and eventual ecstasy of a Democratic campaign consultant.