Lionsgate Will Deliver ‘W’ to Theaters

Josh Brolin in W

I always have to write the news about anything seemingly political. Why? Because the editorial board assumes I sit around reading Variety and Wonkette all day. Which I don’t. Because I’m illiterate.

However, while perusing Variety today, I noticed the big news that Lionsgate has picked up Oliver Stone’s new automatically-controversially film W. The studio plans to release the movie on October 17th.

That’s right. A movie that doesn’t even have one of its featured characters cast is going to be in theaters in 161 days. It starts filming on Monday.

Call me illiterate or just out of the loop, but I don’t understand the controversy surrounding this one. It feels fabricated at this point, especially since its been driven mostly by Stone and the movie hasn’t even been made yet. I understand it’s daring for Stone not to wait for Bush to retire back to the ranch before shooting and releasing, but I’m going to actually see the thing before billing it as controversial.

So W is going to be reckless in college, do some cocaine, appear mildly-racist, and lack a basic understanding of foreign policy. Unless he personally kills a mime with his bare hands, it won’t be all that shocking.

Besides, I doubt the movie could be anywhere nearly as controversial as, say, condoning state-sponsored torture, taking troops into a doomed war, or waving at Stevie Wonder.

It has the potential to be a great movie, though, considering all the cool casting news we’ve had. As soon as they lock down their Dick Cheney (which should be Paul Giamatti if the producers have any sense), the movie will be full speed ahead, and you can be on the lookout for it in theaters 18 days before you forget to vote.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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