July 09, 2005

Oliver Stone Takes on 9/11

Previously, I had lamented Hollywood's failure to make a big budget 9-11 film. It appears that Oliver Stone will take on the subject:

NEW YORK - Nearly four years after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will direct a film based on the story of two police officers who were trapped in the rubble on Sept. 11, 2001. Nicolas Cage, who won a best-actor Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas," will star as Port Authority police Sgt. John McLoughlin. McLoughlin and fellow officer William J. Jimeno became trapped during rescue efforts after the collapse of the twin towers. Paramount Pictures said the movie is expected to be released next year. "It's a work of collective passion, a serious meditation on what happened and carries within a compassion that heals," Stone said in a statement Friday. "It's an exploration of heroism in our country — but it's international at the same time in its humanity."

Mickey Kaus is not happy about the prospect of Oliver Stone tackling the project:

Keep Oliver Stone Away from 9/11! Is Oliver Stone really the person to direct a big-budget film about the rescue of Officers McLoughlin and Jimeno from the rubble of the World Trade Center? Stone has shown he has trouble leaving history alone (most famously in JFK); he'll probably have some wacky, conspiratorial left-wing theory to add into the script. ... The McLoughlin rescue is a surprising. moving and patriotic story if you just tell it as it happened. Do you trust Stone to do that? I don't. ... Is Hollywood so out of touch it thinks Stone's version of 9/11 is what America is clamoring for? After Alexander, at that? ... Stone should be free to say what he wants. But it might be useful for Paramount's Brad Grey to hear that many Americans--including, say, a mob of salivating bloggers--are not eager to provide Stone with a paying audience. ...

Neither is Instapundit:

Hollywood probably is that out of touch with America, which may have something to do with its falling revenues. But hey, the inevitable scene of Jewish office workers staying home will be well received in some other parts of the world.

My first impule upon hearing that a movie would be made was -"about time!!" Hollywood has long ignored a fairly important historical event. I do, however, also have some reluctance about Oliver Stone being the person to do it. He is a conspiracy theorist and a very liberal, anti-Bush person. Only time will tell whether he makes a film that captures the true heroism and tragedy of that day or whether he will find ways to discredit the current administration, make excuses for the Islamist terrorists that attacked America or invoke some sort of moral equivalence between our losses that day and some alleged aggrievances of Atta and his ilk. Better yet, I wonder if Oliver Stone will find a subtle way to criticize the current war on terror...
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