2008's W. reminded us all that living political figures can still create compelling films. Having Josh Brolin and Richard Dreyfuss portray George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who at the time were both still in office, was a brave move for director Oliver Stone. Then again, the backwards politics practically wrote itself. Still focusing on the Republican party, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that The Raven star John Cusack will be developing and starring in a biographical film about Rush Limbaugh's life. The working title is Rush, which is exactly what my morbid curiosity wants to do when this releases.
The legacy and drama surrounding the right wing radio host is more than well known. Cusack, on the other hand, is a well established liberal, which indicates that either he's lost his mind or this film will be ripe with subtle sarcasm. The planned project is set to be directed by Betty Thomas, director of The Brady Bunch Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, so I'm definitely leaning more towards light parody. Thomas is also known for the Howard Stern biopic Private Parts, which bears a striking resemblance to the warped shock-jock style of Limbaugh.
The film, aimed for next year, will reportedly touch on the contemporary reinvention of American talk radio and Rush Limbaugh's continued influence in the medium. I'm still a bit hung up on John Cusack, star of 2012, playing one of the most conservative, hotheaded, and generally ineloquent Rush Limbaugh, but the project as a whole sounds utterly fascinating. Much like the Republican party, in fact.
Controversial is hardly even begins to sum up Limbaugh. I could write a thesis on the amount of times he has senselessly insulted entire groups of people during his thirty year career of advancing his agenda. I certainly hope the script includes his most recent insensitive outburst, his widely publicized labeling of a Georgetown law student as a slut for speaking up for women's contraceptive rights. Granted, he did lose most of the corporate sponsors on his syndicated TV program, the man still has a high paying job slinging mud. I'm no political analyst, but I think this new film could be coming at exactly the right time.