And they all said I was crazy! Well, okay, they didn't all say I was crazy and it's not like it was a really original idea, so I guess ol' Rog didn't really steal my destiny, but I thought it would make for a good post header.
One story, however, cries out for cinematic dramatization — Benghazi.
It is concise and highly dramatic. And mysteries abound – just where was the president of the United States that night our ambassador and others were under terror attack in North Africa? Why wasn’t Obama directly involved? Why did the secretary of State pay so little attention? Just what was our ambassador to Libya doing in Benghazi that night anyway? Why were the perpetrators allowed to escape? Why did the president lie for weeks about what transpired, trying to make a hopeless video nobody saw seem the cause of the event? And why were his lies covered up by CNN’s Candy Crowley? Why was no attempt made to save our people in the first place? (I could go on, but you get the drift.)
Unfortunately, I am not optimistic. The major studios certainly would pass. They would never risk embarrassing a sitting president. The production of such a film would be up to brave independents. And a fictional film — not a documentary — on such a topic would be expensive, especially if you wanted a competent, professional production. If you don’t have that, you have nothing.
I think he's wrong — mainly because he seems to be looking at it wrong. Then again, I suppose someone who thought a play about Walter Duranty would be super duper interesting should be expected to focus on the political machinations behind Benghazi and say nothing about any, Blackhawk Down, parallels, both dramatic and commercial. Of course, he probably thought, Reds, was a great and entertaining movie when that came out. *YAAAAWN*
Simon is a Hollywood guy (or at least more of a Hollywood guy than most conservatives) and if he really believes Benghazi would make a good movie then he needs to get off his ass and sell it to Hollywood. I don't want to hear any B.S. from him about how difficult it would be to sell a story with high political drama, terrorists, and an eight hour firefight, and would make piles and piles of money, to the "big studios". Isn't he the one, after all, who has exhorted us to, "Quit bitching and start doing"?