Are the answers to CNN's woes with Richard Nixon?
Maybe not, but that is not stopping CNN from getting in the Tricky Dick business. The cable news network has picked up the rights to Our Nixon, a film from Penny Lane that uses videos filmed by friends and aides of the 37th president.
The film is scheduled for a theatrically release in August and will likely air on CNN sometime in early 2014.
The film is a documentary and features footage shot between 1969 and 1973. The footage was shot by Nixon's chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman and special assistant Dwight Chapin.
The film features everything from the public outcry with the Vietnam War, Nixon's famous trip to China, the Apollo Moon landing and even the wedding of first daughter Tricia Nixon.
“The personal footage reveals a multidimensional president and staff who are heartbreakingly earnest, idealistic and naïve, as well as self-protective, suspicious and cynical,” said Lane. “Our goal was to invite viewers to re-examine their prior assumptions about Nixon and come to their own conclusions about what the era means.”
CNN Films has been on a bit of a buying spree, as it also recently landed the rights to Life Itself, a documentary about the late, great Roger Ebert.
Any interest in a Nixon documentary - specifically one that likely paints him in a friendly light?