Oliver Stone wants his next film to be Bush, a biopic based on the presidency of George W. Bush. According to Variety, Josh Brolin is attached to play the president.

Stone is currently shopping the screenplay, which was written by Stanley Weiser, around to different studios. The script was finished right before the writers' strike, and everyone that had to jump ship on Stone's Pinkville have come onto this new project. Stone says that he is not looking to make an anti-Bush polemic. He wants to use the seminal events in Bush's life to explain how he came to be in power.

Stone stated, "It's a behind-the-scenes approach, similar to "Nixon" to give a sense of what it's like to be in his skin. But if "Nixon" was a symphony, this is more like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone. People have turned my political ideas into a cliche, but that is superficial. I'm a dramatist who is interested in people, and I have empathy for Bush as a human being, much the same as I did for Castro, Nixon, Jim Morrison, Jim Garrison and Alexander the Great."

Stone continued, "Here, I'm the referee, and I want a fair, true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world? It's like Frank Capra territory on one hand, but I'll also cover the demons in his private life, his bouts with his dad and his conversion to Christianity, which explains a lot of where he is coming from. It includes his belief that God personally chose him to be president of the United States, and his coming into his own with the stunning, preemptive attack on Iraq. It will contain surprises for Bush supporters and his detractors."

The film will go into production this coming April. Stone hopes that the film is finished in time to coincide with the upcoming inauguration or election.

B. Alan Orange