Chris Columbus To Direct RFK Film

Bobby Kennedy biopic on its way

Chris Columbus To Direct RFK Film

by Helen O'Hara |
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Chris Columbus, formerly of Harry Potter and Adventures in Babysitting fame, is set to enter a new stage of his career when he goes all political in a new film about Robert F. Kennedy.

The film's to be based on a book by Thurston Clarke (who, with a name like that, was always going to be a historian) called The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. It will, as that name suggests, focus on RFK's 1968 campaign for President, covering his idealistic crusade against poverty, racism and the Vietnam War at a time when the US was tearing itself apart over all three, and his response to the murder of Martin Luther King in the middle of the campaign. It will, we're guessing, finish with his assassination by crazed student Sirhan Sirhan - and if that's a spoiler, you really need to swot up on your 20th century history.

Columbus is planning to write the script alone, but may bring in a co-writer if another directing project he is planning for early next year goes ahead. He'll also be producing via his production company, perhaps inevitably titled 1492 Productions.

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