By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
Acclaimed director Barry Levinson, who recently proved to audiences that he can still handle sensitive and nuanced drama in an impressively mature fashion with the disappointingly titled TV movie “You Don’t Know Jack,” will be tackling the subject of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, according to Deadline.
Details are sketchy at this moment, but word is that a conspiracy element may come into play. The writer behind the project is Clay Wold, whose own brother was a legal clerk on the team that defended Timothy McVeigh. Apparently, said clerk was determined to reveal “the truth” about the case. Didn’t we already know the truth, though?
Oh well, so long as Levinson is sensitive to the real humanity at stake in this story—and his track record indicates that he will be—then there’s probably nothing to worry about. We must admit that at this point in time, the conspiracy element of the script remains unclear; for all we know, the film will correspond fully to the official report. Barry Levinson is not Oliver Stone.
The film is being classified as “indie,” so don’t count on being able to see it in major theaters unless it scores a very positive critical reception. Given the subject matter and the talent behind the camera, that’s not exactly out of the question, though. This is an incident which hasn’t been tackled for the big screen yet (unless you count “Bowling for Columbine”), and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.