Update: The White House Butler on the Big Screen
Sony Pictures plans to turn our colleague Wil Haygood's front-page Washington Post story about Eugene Allen, an African American butler at the White House for 34 years, into a major motion picture.
Allen, 89, worked through eight administrations, beginning in the Truman years when segregation still reigned in his native Virginia, until midway through the Reagan era. Haygood interviewed Allen and captured his reflections in the days leading up to Barack Obama's election, for an article that ran Nov. 7 -- "a story from the back pages of history," Haygood wrote, "the man in the kitchen."
"It's such a moving story that covers such a sweep of history," producer Laura Ziskin ("Pretty Woman," "Spider-Man") told Variety. The studio bought Allen's life-story rights as well as the rights to the newspaper story. Haygood has been signed as an associate producer and researcher.
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