Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Exclusive First Look At Marco Polo
Marco? Polo!
Scorsese Attached To Ramones Biopic?
Martin is a punk rocker
Exclusive New Pictures From Gone Girl
See David Fincher at work adapting the bestseller
New Images From Exodus: Gods & Kings
Wait, were tornadoes one of the original plagues?
Charlie Hunnam In Line To Be King Arthur
Guy Ritchie's offered him a seat at the Round Table
Cory Goodman Writing Underworld Reboot
Beyond Kate and co?
Anthony Russo Talks Captain America 3
The Winter Soldier will return...
New Poster For The Judge
Downey! Duvall! The Dock!
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
New Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Posters
The rebels go all Expendables in new images
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Accidental Hero
Empire Star Rating
What About Bob
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Danny Strong To Write The Butler
Story of long-serving White House butler

30 April 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

submit to reddit

A couple of months ago, we reported that Sony and producer Laura Ziskin had agreed to make a movie about the life story of Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who had served at the White House for over thirty years, and under eight presidents.

Well, now the movie has got a title, the simple and elegant The Butler (a damn sight better than A Butler Well Served By This Election, the title of the Washington Post article which inspired the film) – and a writer as well.

Danny Strong, who wrote the acclaimed political drama Recount for HBO, has been hired to write the movie, based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article. The story not only delves into Allen’s career at the White House and his personal interactions with Presidents, but also the optimism he and his wife, Helene, shared in the run-up to Barack Obama’s election – an election that, sadly, Helene never got to see, as she died the day before.

No director or cast has yet been attached to the movie, which sounds – even at this early stage – like it has Oscar potential.
 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Guillermo Del Toro Talks The Strain
Director on his new vampire novels
Michael Caine Was There For Premiere
Of his new film Is Anybody There?

Your Comments

RE: Jonathan from Buffy! hahahahahahahaha
Good for him.   I was surprised to see he was writing Recount in the first place! Had he written stuff before? Always thought he was an actor and nowt else. More

Posted by hughjass at 12:57 on 30 April 2009 | Report This Post

Jonathan from Buffy! hahahahahahahaha
Excellent! Go Danny Strong! Good luck. More

Posted by ghulley at 08:41 on 30 April 2009 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Rogues Gallery: Powers Boothe
Sin City's Roark talks us through his most memorable baddies

Richard Attenborough: In Celebration
Saluting a man who made a lasting impact on cinema and beyond…

Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)