Steve Ban­non in talks to make a West­ern in Hol­ly­wood

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Nick Allen in Wash­ing­ton

STEVE BAN­NON, the for­mer chief strate­gist to President Don­ald Trump, is re­port­edly keen on mak­ing a Hol­ly­wood West­ern.

Mr Ban­non, a for­mer film pro­ducer, was said to have held meet­ings with pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies. One Hol­ly­wood source told the New York Post: “The West­ern thing ac­tu­ally makes sense when you con­sider his strat­egy with Trump. Maybe he thinks there’s an un­tapped mar­ket for movies about John Wayne-style al­pha males.”

Mr Ban­non re­signed from the White House last month and re­turned to his pre­vi­ous role run­ning Bre­it­bart, the news web­site sup­port­ive of Mr Trump’s agenda.

Two decades ago he was an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer in­volved with films in­clud­ing Ti­tus, star­ring An­thony Hop­kins, and The In­dian Run­ner, star­ring Viggo Mortensen and Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette. Mr Ban­non also made a se­ries of po­lit­i­cal doc­u­men­taries, and was an in­vestor in the hit TV sit­com Se­in­feld.

A pos­si­ble re­turn to Hol­ly­wood would put him at odds with the views of the ma­jor­ity of film in­dus­try fig­ures.

This week he be­gan a war of words with Ge­orge Clooney, who called Mr Ban­non “a lit­tle wannabe writer who would do any­thing in the world to have had a script made in Hol­ly­wood”.

Speak­ing at the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val, Clooney called a Ban­non script “one of the worst I’ve ever read”.

The script in ques­tion was a hip-hop mu­si­cal set against the back­drop of the 1992 Los An­ge­les ri­ots and loosely based on Shake­speare’s Co­ri­olanus.

Mr Ban­non re­sponded: “I don’t need to be lec­tured by a bunch of limou­sine lib­er­als from the Up­per East Side of New York and from the Hamp­tons.”

There have been sug­ges­tions, as yet un­con­firmed, that Mr Ban­non will speak next month at Berke­ley, the lib­eral Cal­i­for­nia col­lege. Ben Shapiro, a for­mer Bre­it­bart edi­tor, spoke there this week, and a Berke­ley spokesman es­ti­mated se­cu­rity costs for that event may have been up to $600,000 (£442,000).

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