Hollywood resisted the urge to politicize Abraham Lincoln in the new Steven Spielberg drama “Lincoln,” the political drama opening wide tomorrow. Will the industry show the same restraint regarding the man regarded as the father of this country?
NBC is prepping a new political drama tentatively titled “George Washington.” The series will be co-produced by Barry Levinson, the liberal director behind “Poliwood” and the new eco-thriller “The Bay.” Levinson will also direct the first episode.
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George Washington is described as an intimate look at the enigmatic leader who became the father of a nation on one side of the Atlantic and a terrorist on the other, a man to be eliminated at all costs by the British Crown….
“What’s so interesting is here was a man who was more instrumental to what our country is today [emphasis added]and more famous than any other figure in our history, and yet no one knows anything about him,” Levinson said. “We know the myth of the man, but the reality was he was a flawed and troubled character who overcame his flaws to become one of the foremost leaders of this nation.”