Conservative Organization Moves Forward With Hillary Clinton Movie Plans

2:51 PM PST 10/01/2013 by Paul Bond
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Citizens United, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court over a film about the former first lady five years ago, is making a doc about her role as secretary of state to be released in 2016.

A day after CNN and NBC canceled plans for a Hillary Clinton documentary and miniseries, respectively, another group, Citizens United, said it will press ahead with plans for a movie about the former first lady, senator and secretary of state.

The yet-to-be titled movie will be distributed theatrically, shown on television and released on DVD, though partnerships are under wraps so far.

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Citizens United is a conservative organization frequently attacked by liberals, primarily because it successfully sued the U.S. government over a 2008 movie that was also about Clinton. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that blocking the airing of Hillary: The Movie on the grounds that it amounted to political advertising was an unconstitutional breach of free speech.

David Bossie, president and chairman of Citizens United, says the movie will be released in 2016, ahead of the next presidential election. Like Hillary: The Movie, the upcoming film is not expected to be a flattering portrayal of the presumed Democratic candidate for president, though it will primarily explore her life as secretary of state from 2009-13. Hillary: The Movie, on the other hand, was released prior to her appointment to the State Department and was about her roles as first lady of Arkansas, first lady of the U.S. and U.S. Senator from New York.

"This is why I went to the Supreme Court," Bossie tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Now that I won that case, I can do whatever I want with this new movie. I can advertise it on radio and TV, show it on TV whenever I want to -- all the things they stopped us from doing with Hillary: The Movie."

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Bossie said he was partially disappointed that CNN and NBC ditched their projects because he'd have relished the comparisons between what he presumes those networks would have created against what he has in store.

"NBC was casting Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton. Come on. They were doing everything in their power to make Hillary look good, which is their right," he said. "But ours will not be a puff piece designed to promote a Hillary Clinton presidency."

Bossie is a longtime nemesis of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, having been chief investigator for a House committee looking into alleged campaign finance abuses in the 1990s, though he stepped down amid accusations from Democrats that his staffers inappropriately released some edited tapes.

Other movies from Citizens United include Occupy Unmasked, which was distributed last year by Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures and is a critical look at the Occupy Wall Street movement, and Fast Terry, a film about Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who is running for governor of Virginia. The latter has played on three local TV channels.

E-mail: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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