All the cards are in place for Hollywood producer and Democratic Party booster Harvey Weinstein to deliver a cinematic October surprise for President Obama's re-election campaign.
It seems the reluctance of Sony Pictures to release Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow's film tracking the Osama bin Laden assassination ahead of the November election is not shared by Weinstein. While Zero Dark Thirty, based on Dalton Fury's book Kill Bin Laden has been pushed to December 19, the Los Angeles Times reports the Weinstein Co. founder has "basically closed the rights deal" for another killing bin Laden film called Code Name Geronimo and has indicated that it will be released in late September or October. It's understandable that Weinstein would want to get his movie in theaters before Bigelow's. (If there are two movies about the exact same event, you better release yours first), but the release schedule may also give the film producer, who likes dabbling in politics, a chance to influence the presidential election.
Not much is known about Geronimo yet. Footage from the film was shown for the first time to potential buyers in Cannes on Wednesday. The movie is directed by John Stockwell, a veteran actor (you may remember him as "Cougar" in Top Gun) who has gone on to direct a number of action films, including Blue Crush. (As for his political leanings, the only contribution on record with the FEC is Stockwell's $250 gift to Obama during the 2008 primary.) According to a press release put out by the New Mexico Film Office (where the movie was shot), Geronimo "tells the story of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden and serves as the riveting backdrop for a gripping story about the combined efforts of an extraordinary group of Navy Seals. This is the story of a clandestine operation, a perfect storm of people, and the rare synergy of circumstances that would amount to the most daring military operation of our generation, inspired by the true story of how it almost fell apart."