HBO Asks Pollack for 'Recount'

As the 2008 presidential campaign ramps up, HBO is looking back at the last time the United States replaced a two-term president.

The cable network has greenlit "Recount," which will dramatize the events surrounding the hotly contested Florida recount in the 2000 election. Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack ("Out of Africa," "The Interpreter") has signed on to direct the film, which was written by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gilmore Girls" actor Danny Strong.

Casting hasn't begun yet, but HBO is aiming for a spring 2008 airdate, the showbiz trade papers report.

The script is the first by Strong, who currently plays Paris' (Liza Weil) boyfriend Doyle on "Gilmore Girls." He did extensive interviews with people involved in the recount before writing the script, which, both HBO Films chief Colin Callender and producer Paula Weinstein ("Blood Diamond," HBO's "Truman") say, plays things down the middle by focusing on the backstage drama of the recount.

"It's a fascinating look at democracy where the rubber meets the road -- a look at the election process like we've never seen it before," Callender tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Pollack won an Oscar for directing 1985's "Out of Africa," which also earned best picture that year, and was nominated for "Tootsie" a few years earlier. His other credits include "The Firm," "Three Days of the Condor" and the documentary "Sketches of Frank Gehry."

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