[This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Liam Neeson in "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House."]
Writer-director Peter Landesman (“Concussion”) found himself making a film about the FBI battling White House interference while a curiously similar conflict played out between Trump, James Comey and the FBI. His movie, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” tells the story of Felt (played by Liam Neeson), the legendary Watergate source known as Deep Throat, who was the No. 2 official at the FBI during the scandal. It’s been in the works since 2005.
“This movie could have been made ten years ago or five years ago. The fact that it’s coming out this year has a supernatural relevance,” Landesman said.
The film, which Sony Pictures Classics will release Sept. 29, gives a close-up to the man previously seen – in the movies – as the shadowy figure in the parking garage of “All the President’s Men.”
“Mark Felt just wanted to be left alone to do his job, however it turned out,” Landesman said. “Jim Comey wanted to do the same thing.”
Similar parallels may follow Steven Spielberg’s keenly awaited “The Post,” (Dec. 22). Spielberg’s drama is about The Washington Post’s 1971 publishing of the classified Pentagon Papers, which revealed many of the government’s lies about the Vietnam War.
The film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, is like an all-star team assembled as Hollywood’s response to Trump. The project was announced in March and shot over the summer. Streep, who memorably critiqued the then-president-elect at January’s Golden Globes and then was deemed “over-rated” by Trump, already is viewed as all-but-certain Oscar contender.