Jay Roach and Danny Strong have found their niche at HBO with political dramas. The director and writer first paired on “Recount” about the hotly contested 2000 election, and they followed it up this year with “Game Change,” which focused on the McCain/Palin ticket of 2008. And while they aren’t officially signed yet, you can imagine that the network will be giving their agents a ring as they develop “Double Down,” a film about this year’s election.
Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who penned “Game Change,” are hard at work on the follow-up book optioned by HBO, but you might wondering, where’s the drama in this year’s race? There was no Palin-esque figure around which to pivot a narrative, but for those that followed closely, there was plenty going on behind the scenes. Politico in particular did a great job of dissecting the Romney campaign, the internal strife and the failure to capitalize on winning the first debate. Those articles are both great reads, and they really examine how gradually it all fell apart for the Republican nominee.
But of course, the big question is who will play Romney. If you saw “Game Change” you’ll know Barack Obama was kept off camera, so we’d guess the same approach will be used here. Any suggestions? [THR]