Who could have guessed that making a television film around probable presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would be more trouble than it was worth?
Two major networks went ahead with such plans all the same. Today, both NBC and CNN pulled the plugs on their respective Clinton projects. The CNN film, a documentary to be shot by Clinton admirer Charles Ferguson, fell apart when the director couldn’t find enough people to speak on the record about the former Secretary of State.
The NBC project, to star the lovely Diane Lane as the future first lady, got scrapped shortly thereafter.
After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” the network said in a statement Monday.
The CNN project would have been complimentary to its source– just consider Ferguson’s fawning public statements over his would-be subject. NBC would have likely followed suit, given the network’s leftward tilt.
Apparently the Clintons and their friends weren’t eager to cooperate with the CNN film. It remains to be seen if that was an issue with the NBC project. It wouldn’t be the first time Team Clinton did what it could to squash a political project. The ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 incurred the wrath of Clinton supporters by suggesting the ex-president didn’t do all he could to prevent the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
That TV project, from Disney-owned ABC, managed to make it on the air, but the film has never been made available on DVD. Disney CEO is a major contributor to the Clintons, raising suspicions the lack of a DVD product is a political calculation. The film scored big ratings during its only broadcast airing.
The Republican National Committee also put pressure on both NBC and CNN regarding the film projects, warning it would not cooperate with the networks when the 2016 presidential debates are planned.
All of the above essentially assured both Clinton projects would never come to fruition, a fact all those who helped greenlit the projects somehow couldn’t predict.