NEW YORK – Timothy Bottoms, the actor who portrayed George W. Bush as a goofy frat boy two years ago on Comedy Central's ill-fated sitcom, That's My Bush!, is in talks to play President Bush again -- albeit in a more serious manner -- for a Showtime film about the days just after 9/11.
DC 9/11 will be a behind-the-scenes look at Bush in the days following the terrorist attacks, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the first few hours, Bush was ferried around the U.S. on Air Force One to several undisclosed military bases, but no one has ever said exactly where.
The film's producers are also in talks with 24 star Penny Johnson (President Palmer's estranged wife, Sherry Palmer on the Fox thriller) to play National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, and Star Trek alum George Takei (Mr. Hikaru Sulu) as Secretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta.
Mineta was the administration official who ordered the grounding of all aircraft over the U.S. in the hours after the attacks occurred.
The roles of Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell have yet to be cast
DC 9/11, was written and produced by Lionel Chetwynd, and will be directed by Daniel Petrie Sr.
A production source told The Post that although producers are close to inking deals with the actors, nothing has been signed.
Showtime officials declined to comment yesterday.
That's My Bush! was produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park. It was a run-of-the-mill sitcom, aside from the fact that it was set at the White House and its main characters were the First Family.
During its early production, the show drew the wrath of the White House when word leaked that producers wanted to portray the Bush's then teenage twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, as lesbians.
In the end the show was too costly to make and production was stopped.