Wednesday, October 18, 2006


The heat-seeking fake doc Death of a President, opening Friday Oct., 27 (not via any of the big chains, though), isn’t the only picture out there with assassination on its mind. An audacious, bad-taste speculative scenario in which George W. Bush is gunned down on a Chicago sidewalk, the British-made telefilm seems to have anticipated a spate of fictional kill-the-prez productions.

Vantage Point, from the UK director Pete Travis (Omagh), is a Rashomon-like drama in which William Hurt plays a Clinton-esque Commander In Chief who becomes Target One on a state visit to Spain. Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, Saïd Taghmaoui, Zoe Saldana and Eduardo Noriega also star in the 2007 release.

And in Shooter, which just wrapped production in Vancouver and Philadelphia, Antoine Fuqua runs Mark Wahlberg and Danny Glover through the hoops. The suspenser's about an expert marksman called out of retirement to track down a would-be presidential killer. Washington Post movie crit Stephen Hunter wrote the bestseller, and the screenplay. Big question: Is Wahlberg, who plays the marksman, going to keep that Gumby-ish Departed hairpiece, or did he leave it in Boston?


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