Obama-Era White House Film Plotted With Acquisition Of Ben Rhodes' 'The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House'

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July 12th 2018

The Obama administration could be coming to the big screen.

Likely Story has acquired the rights to former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ best-selling memoir The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House.

The indie film production company beat multiple bidders following the book's release in June.

It is unknown right now if this would be a scripted film or a documentary. Also, it is unknown if the Obamas would be a crucial part of the story, but it is a good chance that Rhodes would be the focal point regardless. Still, if this ends up as a scripted project, you can count on the casting of both Barack and Michelle Obama.

Per its description, The World As It Is is the first account of the full eight years of the Obama presidency, written by one of the President’s closest aides and confidants. Ben Rhodes began working with Obama at the age of twenty-nine, and this deeply personal memoir captures the electrifying experience of finding yourself at the center of a historic presidency – starting every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, waiting out the Bin Laden raid in the Situation Room and responding in real time to the Arab Spring, all while trying to maintain a life as a son, husband and eventually father. Rhodes gives an unprecedented, visceral sense of what it is like to be there, from the early days of the campaign to the final hours of the presidency. The book is currently on The New York Times bestseller list.

“In The World As It Is, I wanted to paint a picture of what it was like to come of age during eight years in the White House while illuminating the events that shaped our time. I am excited to be working with Likely Story, Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu, who seized upon this combination of the personal and universal - the altogether human experience at the center of things, and the value of telling this story when so much in our politics and world feel unfamiliar," said Rhodes.

“Ben Rhodes has written a mesmerizing and profound coming-of-age story, set in the White House during the last period of American dominance and influence. It’s a maddening yet hopeful story, equally personal and epic, idealistic and patriotic. It’s The Right Stuff by way of Frank Capra, and it’s exactly what we need," said producer Anthony Bregman.

by Trey Mangum on July 12th 2018
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