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Amazon Acquires ‘LINDA AND MONICA’ Film

June 5, 2017

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Amazon Studios has acquired LINDA AND MONICA, the Black List script by Flint Wainess that details the budding friendship between D.C. pals Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky that imploded when it led to the revelation of the scandalous relationship between the White House intern and President Bill Clinton.

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch from The Escape Artists will produce.

Lewinsky was a 22-year-old White House intern and Tripp a White House aid who secretly recorded Lewinsky’s revelations of sexual liaisons with then President Bill Clinton in the White House. Tripp, later said she was acting in her former best friend’s best interests, leaked the tape to Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who was investigating Whitewater. It then became a tawdry scandal complete with a subpoena of her blue semen-stained dress, and it later a congressional call for impeachment. It quickly crushed the career and life of Lewinsky. Lewinsky said the notoriety made it impossible for her to find work, and she stayed out of the limelight until briefly resurfacing as an anti-bullying advocate several years ago. While Clinton wasn’t forced to leave the White House, the scandal led his veep Al Gore to minimize the involvement of the very popular Clinton during Gore’s run for president, which he lost. Many believed Clinton could have helped. Some of the script is based on the actual conversations between the women.

This marks another hot political issue set in the world of entertainment. Adam McKay had Christian Bale set to play former Vice President Dick Cheney, Steve Carell as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a future about George W. Bush’s polarizing Vice President, at Annapurna and Plan B producing. Michael Moore will have his cut for the sequel Fahrenheit 11/9 about the section and presidency of Donald Trump; Oliver Stone on June 12 debuts The Putin Interviews, a four hour long broadcast. McKay is also simultaneously developing Bad Blood, with Jennifer Lawrence, a film about Elizabeth Holmes, whose Silicon Valley blood-testing Theranos was vastly overvalued and came crashing back to earth when questions arose about the reliability of the service’s pinprick testing method. Showtime also made a deal with Blumhouse TV to develop a series about the rise and fall of the late Fox News chief Roger Ailes over sexual harassment accusations. Randolph is writing a feature version of that for Annapurna.

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