Is Hollywood veering to the right?

I wouldn’t hold my breath that Hollywood is going to become more friendly to conservative ideas any time soon, but there are some encouraging signs. In The New York Times this morning there’s a great profile of Ray Griggs, the man behind the new documentary I Want Your Money!, which preaches the value of limited government:

“This is a perfect grass-roots project, because it’s hitting a nerve,” said Paul Lauer, the founder of Motive Entertainment, a consulting firm that organized marketing for Mel Gibson’s hit “The Passion of the Christ,” and is now working with Mr. Griggs. The plan, Mr. Lauer said, is to screen “I Want Your Money” in the next month for conservative opinion makers and political groups. The aim is to catch the attention of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck, Mr. Griggs said..

The tone of the film, which Mr. Griggs directed and helped write, is a little softer than that of those three conservative commentators. Its central argument is a straightforward case for the virtues of smaller government and the futility of efforts to redistribute wealth. But its charm, if that word can apply to political documentary, comes from computer-generated animations in which bobbing-headed political figures, designed by Tom Richmond of Mad Magazine, try to school one another on the ins and outs of policy.

Also, a new Reagan biopic is in the works and while it doesn’t look like a hagiography, at the very least it’s going to try to be a fair treatment of his considerable legacy. How the filmmakers described the loathsome Reagan mini-series some years ago gives me hope:

The “Reagans” miniseries starred James Brolin as the president and was supposed to air on CBS until a controversy erupted over alleged left-wing bias and it was relegated to sibling premium cable outlet Showtime. It was seen by 1.2 million people.

“Only in Hollywood could you make an insulting, condescending movie about a much-loved historical figure, hire an actor who loathes the man, watch it flop and then somehow conclude that Americans don’t want to see a movie about him,” Joseph said. “I watched Americans line up and wait for 10 hours for the simple privilege of passing by his closed casket. They love this man.”

You can watch the trailer for I Want Your Money! below:

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