Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Castro at the Center of a Killer Picture

Moxie Pictures and Killer Pictures are teaming up to adapt Anthony DePalma's nonfiction book The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert Matthews of the New York Times. Variety describes the subject of the feature film:

Written by NYT correspondent Anthony DePalma, the book examines how Matthews' mythmaking profiles of Castro set the stage for his rise to power.

Matthews, one of the top foreign correspondents of his era, was smuggled into the jungles of the Sierra Maestra Mountains to get the first detailed interview with Castro. That and other glowing articles impacted American perception before the fall of the Batista regime and Castro's takeover of the Cuban government.

No screenwriter has been selected yet. This could intersect nicely with the release of Steven Soderbergh's two Che Guevara biopics. Plus, it sounds like an interesting view of how the media can help shape the outcomes of history, rather than just report on them after the fact.

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