Lee Daniels to Direct ‘The Butler’

Denzel Washington has been approached to star in this true-story film about a White House servant.
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Lee Daniels to Direct ‘The Butler’

Lee Daniels to rewrite and direct the true-story film The Butler We reported way back in April 2009 that a new film was moving forward based off the true story of an African-American servant at the White House and now that film is finally moving forward with a new writer-director. Deadline New York is reporting that Precious director Lee Daniels will direct The Butler.

Daniels will rewrite the original script by Recount writer Danny Strong and will direct as well. The film tells the true story of Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House for 34 years and served under eight presidents, all of whom struggled with segregation issues, in a story that leads into the inauguration of President Obama.

It was said that the film could be ready to shoot by the end of the year and that he has also approached Denzel Washington to portray the lead role. The site also reported that Daniels's film Selma - which revolves around the historic Civil Rights March lead by Martin Luther King Jr. - is still looking for funding and Daniels would likely move forward with The Butler if Selma funding isn't secured in the near future.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further details on The Butler as soon as more information arrives.

Lee Daniels' the Butler was released August 16th, 2013.

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  • daveactor7 • 5 years ago

    Can't wait for this film. Amazing. Movies today with pointless action are stupid, those aren't movies. Movies that have a superb story and great acting is what is supposed to engage the audience.

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    • fat-jesus • 5 years ago

      Selma hasn't found funding yet? Seriously? You'd think studios would be brawling over it.

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      • diaigma • 5 years ago

        That's all be needed, more "but" humor :P

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        • soylentgreen2 • 5 years ago

          Ehhhh.

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