Variety reports that Oliver Stone will next direct Bush, a film focusing on the life and presidency of George W. Bush. Josh Brolin is attached to play the title role.
The director has begun quietly shopping a script by his Wall Street co-writer Stanley Weiser, says the trade.
The film will be produced by Moritz Borman, who teamed with Stone on World Trade Center and Alexander, and Jon Kilik, a producer of Alexander as well as Pinkville, which United Artists pulled the plug on late last year.
Borman said Weiser’s script was completed before the WGA strike and was ready to shoot and that many of Stone’s Pinkville crew jumped right into Bush. If financing materializes quickly enough, the film could start production by April and could be in theaters for the election or the inauguration.
The director said he’s not looking to make an anti-Bush polemic. His goal is to use seminal events in Bush’s life to explain how he came to power, using a structure comparable to The Queen.
Stone said he hopes to get his script back so he can revive Pinkville down the line.