October 24, 2007 / 7:42 AM / 12 years ago

Bush documentary inspires political romance

Alexandra Pelosi poses in Pasadena, California January 12, 2007. Pelosi is developing a fictionalized project based on her HBO documentary "Journeys With George," which followed George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi is developing a fictionalized project based on her HBO documentary “Journeys With George,” which followed George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.

The untitled film centers on a young, impressionable news producer who finds herself dealing with the challenges of life and love in the midst of covering a presidential campaign.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian, who is producing the film, said he saw the “Devil Wears Prada” tone in the documentary and encouraged Pelosi to adapt her experiences into a screenplay. The project will mark Pelosi’s screenwriting debut.

“Alexandra is a talented documentary filmmaker and a great raconteur,” Zaillian said. “She’s been places and seen and done things few of the rest of us have, and I’m excited she’s decided to share her insider perspective and gift for storytelling with us in a screenplay.”

Pelosi, the daughter of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, is a former NBC news producer. Her most recent HBO documentary is “Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi.”

The project is the first for a co-venture launched in May by Zaillian and Mandate Pictures to produce modestly budgeted, character-driven films. It has a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Zaillian, who won the best screenplay Oscar for “Schindler’s List,” wrote the screenplay to the upcoming crime drama “American Gangster,” starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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