The trend of fictionalizing stories about breaking journalism for film continues, this time with Gal Gadot as our intrepid reporter.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to a Politico article titled “‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro,” written by Peter Kornbluh. According to Variety, Gadot has signed on to produce and potentially star as its subject Lisa Howard:
The article chronicles the previously untold story of how ABC journalist Lisa Howard engaged in what Kornbluh described as “intimate diplomacy” with Castro. Howard was ABC’s first full-time female reporter and became a key asset in the establishment of a top-secret channel between Washington and Havana to discuss reconciliation after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Howard died in 1965 of an overdose of painkillers.
The screenwriter adapting the piece is Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato. Though I personally found The Post to be dull as dirt and stories about people writing and going through documents decidedly un-cinematic, Howard’s story is a compelling one. Gadot thinks so, too:
“When I first read Peter’s article, I was entranced by his thrilling account of a complicated, fascinating woman in the midst of a high-stakes, real-life drama,” Gadot said. “I knew immediately that I had to be involved creatively with telling Lisa Howard’s story, and am thrilled to be producing this film with Sue.”
From the newsroom to the big screen we go.