Gyllenhall's leap of political faith is hardly an aberration -- SW has learned that there are several local political non-thrillers in the Tinseltown production pipeline. Here are but a few:
- Steven Spielberg is developing an $89 million blockbuster about the hotly-contested 1998 Sewer Commission elections in Yuma, Arizona.
- Gus Van Sant is in talks with New Line to direct a picture about the gripping 2002 legislative debate over raisin tariffs in Oregon.
- Ang Lee is in pre-production on a Elijah Wood vehicle about the 2001 Student Council President race at Modesto (Calif.) Senior High School, in which Wood's character, Eli Granderson, takes on a stud quarterback who gets all the chicks.
- George Lucas has received financing to helm a film about the Utah Liquor Board's 1997 decision to authorize the sale of 3.2 beer to the general public.
- Terrence Malick is in post-production on a film about City Water Board Commissioner Will Huppert's successful push to have a public drinking fountain installed at the corner of 4th & Broad in Toledo, Ohio. Huppert will be played by Mt. Vernon, Wash. native Jim Caviezel.
- And finally, David Lynch is on board to direct a dramatization of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico's decision to require that garter snakes be caught and released, rather than consumed as a popular local appetizer.