Who owns the film options?
Once filming starts again, Hollywood will be inundated with scripts offering the juiciest of all blockbusters: The Trump Story.* Whatever you think of Trump, you’ll have to admit that there’s plenty to go at, starting with his corrupt father’s dealings in New York, moving on through Trump’s own shady Russian money laundering contacts and then to the Presidency. There’s more than enough material for several films, some more serious than others. Yesterday’s invasion of the Capitol might make for the penultimate scene— after all, who right at this very moment is prepared to say what the final scene of this drama actually entails?
Perhaps not for the sake of the drama, but for the real world benefit of all of us, I hope the story does not end with Trump as martyr. With only two weeks to go, what point is there in more talk of impeachment, or for involving the 25th Amendment, which would give the dimwit Mike Pence enough time to pardon Trump? Is there a single martyr who is remembered for being a loser (whether or not they were actually ‘losers’)? As I have suggested previously, the best solution for Trump, and what he represents would be best handled by the criminal courts, where his manifest dishonesty could be revealed in forensic detail. Such a fate would inevitably drag on, but apart from his most trenchant supporters, I think the public would simply categorise his affairs as sordid and quite removed from politics. I realise what I’ve just said there. Once upon time there was a US doctrine called Manifest Destiny (an ever expanding claim on the Americas); one wonders whether we now have a doctrine called Manifest Dishonesty. Over to you, Joe Biden (for God’s sake, please, no pardon for Trump ‘to heal the nation’).
* Obviously, the first film about the Trump should star Alec Baldwin in the lead role.
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