Warner Brothers does Valerie Plame, Enron

by Paul William Tenny

If you're a fan of films based on real-life events, this will be some welcome news for you. I count myself amongst that group to a degree, though I'm so much more of a television person that I don't take the time to watch many films at all, much less something that has mostly a niche these days.

Warner Brothers is working on three high profile based-on-true-story movies: one about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, another about poisoned ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, and finally one about the Enron scandal from 2001. Conspiracy of Fools is the movie that tells the story of the Enron scandal and it was just announced today that Robert Schwentke has been attached to direct. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing and possibly starring as well.

Two of the three are stories that need more public attention, and badly. Plame being outed is a very political issue for most people, but it should also be very moral and important to all of us. Think about it, if a terrorist had outed her, they'd be dead right now. No jury trial, no charges, not even a cry for the death penalty -- that person would quite simply be dead. But when an American does it, and in the unprecedented instance of ones own government doing it (for political gain no less) apparently it's no big deal.

As for Enron, this country is still ruled by corporations. The telcom giants like AT&T and Verizon are a stones throw away from buying completely retroactive legal immunity for trading your privacy along with the rule of law for money. It's just that simple, and not surprisingly, money is what will get them out of jail.

I realize there's nothing about that here, but we need travesty like that in the public square. We need to talk about these things, see them, learn about them, so we know they exist and can do something about it. Enron is just one in a long line of corporate crimes against the people that need to come to light, and to see a pair of films coming that'll accomplish precisely that, well that's exciting, even if the movies themselves are boring as hell.
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