Let’s face it, a Hollywood ending was the only proper ending to the long, at times mysterious but always dramatic, political career of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Taking a cue from her one-time boss Barack Obama, who, along with his wife Michelle, are contributing their talents to Netflix, Hillary and daughter Chelsea are planning to “influence culture and society” by creating a Hollywood production company that will offer — what else? — adaptations of overtly female-centric material.
Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea are forming a production company to pursue film and television projects, making a foray into Hollywood after decades in the public eye.
The two have spoken to studios about financing a pipeline of programs, said people familiar with the matter. They would give a studio first crack at releasing the projects, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are at an early stage.
The family hopes to use film and television to influence culture and society now that Hillary Clinton is out of politics. They plan to focus on stories by and about women. The production company is one of many potential business opportunities that Hillary Clinton, 71, is considering.
Hillary Clinton previously signed on to help produce a TV show with Steven Spielberg. That series, “The Woman’s Hour,” is an adaptation of a book about activists who fought to earn women the right to vote.
The story of the women’s suffragette movement doesn’t necessarily have to be overlaid with today’s particular flavor of militant feminism. And it would be lovely if that historical time, which women in this country actually do look to favorably every time we cast a vote, could be presented in a way that’s lighter on preaching and shaming and heavier on historical accuracy and the triumph of the American spirit of equity.
But I’m not optimistic, unfortunately. Even with the esteemed and talented Spielberg in the director’s chair.
“The Woman’s Hour” is a project Hillary has planned to do with Steven Spielberg since August. Spielberg was Hillary’s 4th largest Hollywood donor during her 2016 presidential run, contributing a generous $2.2 million to the campaign. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg were Hillary’s 3rd and 5th largest Hollywood donors, respectively. Now, throwing good money after bad, these big names might also supply projects to Clinton’s anticipated production company.
I suppose with all the other studios and productions companies moving to Georgia — and threatening to leave every other day — Hillary sensed some room in California to make a launch back into the spotlight. And if the Georgia contingent moves back to California, she’ll already have gained an advantage when they return.
Oddly, and rather hilariously, her association with Spielberg — who was critical of streaming services being taken seriously by the Academy of Motion Pictures — puts her at odds once again with the Obama as he helps produce content for streaming service Netflix.
So those old DC battles will still be playing out on your television and computer screens, just much more subtly. And with actors who aren’t also politicians. And everyone can still count on being told how to think and which woke issue is the woke issue of the day. But really that’s nothing new. And at least it’s blatantly in our faces rather than subliminally hinted at.
And just remember, as politicians invest themselves more and more into entertainment: you can always change the channel.