11.11.08

‘Incredible Hulk’ Captures Obama on Film

HBO has made a deal with Edward Norton's production company, Class 5 Films, for a currently untitled documentary that chronicles the rise of Barack Obama, from junior senator to president-elect of the United States.



The cable network plans to premiere the film in 2009.



Norton, the actor who starred in "The Incredible Hulk" action flick, claims to have some extraordinary footage chronicling the journey of the first African-American to be elected president.



According to Norton, he was granted "unprecedented access to Obama, his senior campaign staff, family, friends, and volunteers."



Director Amy Rice initiated the concept in 2006, recalling Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.



Norton had the foresight to pitch Obama on the idea months before the president-elect's decision to run for the Democrat nomination. Norton's crew was allowed to hang out with the Illinois senator, starting with his trip to Africa in the summer of 2006.



The resulting raw footage shows the inner workings of a historical presidential campaign and will reportedly continue filming the inauguration and early presidency.



While announcing the project, Norton highlighted the historical aspect of Obama's election, saying that it gave the film "a perfect framework to explore the pulse of the country at this vital moment in our history."



The movie maker believes that the "film will capture a tipping point in American history when a new generation of leadership emerged and old prejudices were finally vaulted over."



Norton characterized HBO as "one of the notable champions of the documentary film."



James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in Media Psychology, is a media analyst, teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University and professor at Trinity Law School.

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