I wouldn’t consider myself a movie expert, but I’m excited about a new movie company – The American Film Company. They have a really unique philosophy: to create engaging, commercial, historically accurate feature films culled from America’s storied past.
When I first heard the idea, I thought “neat” but can Hollywood make a movie that is both exciting and historically accurate? Then I thought of Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon (some historical liberties). I think there is a market here.
The American Film Company will take this further using prominent historians, to assure that each production remains true to the history from which it is drawn.
Their first movie, The Conspirator, is directed by Robert Redford and stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn and Kevin Kline. The film tells the story of Mary Surratt (Penn), the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Against the ominous backdrop of post-Civil War Washington, inexperienced lawyer Frederick Aiken (McAvoy) reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal hastily arranged by War Secretary Edwin Stanton (Kline).
Sounds great and I’m really excited to see this and their upcoming films. They also just launched a site based on the theme of “Hollywood-History Showdown,” where experts and members debate the “10 Best American History Movies” and the “The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”, as well as the accuracy of films like “Seabiscuit” and “Black Hawk Down”.