By Alaska Dispatch-Palin Watch
Last week, pay-for-play cable channel HBO posted the teaser trailer for its upcoming chronicle of the John McCain-Sarah Palin 2008 presidential ticket, starring Ed Harris as McCain and Julianne Moore as Palin.
“Game Change” began production in the early days of 2011, and in the meantime, Palin took a bus tour, played a will-she-or-won’t she game with the media, her fans and the American public in general about whether she would run for president in 2012, then ultimately and unexpectedly announced that she wouldn’t seek the nomination.
Also over the summer, as Palin-mania was at arguably its highest point since her announcement as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election, documentary filmmaker Stephen Bannon released “The Undefeated,” an unabashed ode to all things Palin. The film may have made money between its run in theaters and its subsequent run on Pay-Per-View — the numbers are a bit murky. Alaska Dispatch’s Amanda Coyne reported that Bannon had invested about $1 million of his own money in the film, though Box Office Mojo reports a return of just over $100,000.
“The movie may tempt even the most ardent conservatives to emulate their idol’s tenure as governor and walk out halfway through,” Time’s Richard Corliss wrote in his review. The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf sparked a wave of backlash after reporting his one-man attendance of a midnight opening showing of the film.