LOS ANGELES – Oliver Stone is making a movie about President Bush, but promises that it will be "fair," Daily Variety reported on Sunday.
Stone is in talks with Josh Brolin, who is starring in “No Country for Old Men,” to play the title role in “Bush,” the trade paper said.
He is shopping the script to financiers and hopes to start production by April, with a release date in time for the election in November, or the inauguration of Bush’s successor in January.
Stone told Daily Variety that he planned to make “a fair, true portrait” of Bush, focusing on his relationship with his father, President George H.W. Bush, his wild youth and his Christianity.
“It will contain surprises for Bush supporters and his detractors,” said Stone.
He said Brolin was better looking than Bush, “but has the same drive and charisma that Americans identify with Bush, who has some of that old-time movie-star swagger.”
Stone earned three Oscar nominations for his 1991 conspiracy film “JFK.” In 1996, he also received a script nomination for “Nixon,” which starred Anthony Hopkins. He won best directing Oscars for the Vietnam sagas “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July.”
Stone’s efforts last year to film a documentary about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was foiled when his request for access was denied with an official reportedly dismissing the filmmaker as “part of the Great Satan.”