Rove’s “Social Network”

Apparently in the wake of the success of The Social Network, the movie about Facebook’s early days, filmmaker Wes Jones is now working on a movie about Karl Rove’s time in college. Yup, Karl Rove.

According to an article by Steven Zeitchik in the Los Angeles Times:

“College Republicans,” [is a]…comedy-drama about a young Karl Rove vying for the position of chief campus conservative under the guidance of one Lee Atwater, who’s his campaign manager. A lot of actors have expressed interest in either of the two lead parts — Wes Jones’ script, set up at “Beaver” producer Anonymous Content, has been a hot commodity in recent months and will likely end up high on the year-end Black List.

Rove, the controversial senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to George W. Bush, dropped out of the University of Utah in 1971 to serve as executive director of the College Republican National Committee. A few years later he ran for chairman of the College Republicans. Lee Atwater served as his campaign manager.

Atwater, who later ran the controversial 1988 presidential election campaign of George H.W. Bush, apparently helped to guide Rove in political strategy.

Note that a movie about the College Republicans and Karl Rove is likely to be a little less appealing than one about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. Everyone has Facebook. College Republicans are a little less influential.

Apparently Shia LaBeouf is considering playing Rove.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer