Best known to Whedon fans as Jonathan Levinson, one of the Trio of semi-evil nerds, Danny Strong has been making a name for himself of late for a script he wrote last year called Recount. Just produced for HBO, Recount deals with the individuals and issues surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the effort to determine the winner of Florida’s votes. The dramatization has drawn heavy-weight actors like John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Kevin Spacey.
According to a recent New York Times article, early reviews of the film have been positive– from critics, although perhaps not from those involved in the historic events, particularly Warren Christopher (portrayed by John Hurt) who led the Democrats’ Florida ballot effort.
Jeffrey Wells in huffingtonpost.com writes that Recount is “a thoroughly engaging, first-rate political drama.” Although, he notes, “I can’t see how this film won’t be seen as having done serious damage to the reputation [of Warren Christopher].” According to Wells, the film shows Christopher “as one of the great all-time wimps.”
Strong was named by Variety as one of the “10 Screenwriters to Watch“.
Recount premieres on HBO on May 25.
Source: The New York Times
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