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A Movie About Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Is Coming to HBO

The Post is also the subject of a film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
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Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee will be the subject of two upcoming films.

Before retiring in 1991, he was the managing editor and then the executive editor who nearly doubled the Washington Post's circulation and the newsroom staff. In 2013, President Obama awarded him with Presidential Medal of Freedom, claiming, "He transformed that newspaper into one of the finest in the world."

HBO is producing a documentary about Bradlee, who died in 2014, his wife, Sally Quinn, confirmed to Washingtonian. The idea came from their son, Quinn Bradlee, who is one of the producers. Many of the interviews for the film have already been shot.

Peter Kunhardt, a co-director the recent HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett, is also a producer, as is Richard Cohen, a longtime friend of Bradlee and Quinn's who says he's "the guy who knows the story."

"So that's essentially what I do," Cohen, a Washington Post reporter who also may have been the inspiration for Harry in When Harry Met Sally, tells Washingtonian. "I tell them we oughta do this, we oughta do that; sometimes they listen to me, sometimes they don't."

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John Maggio is directing the documentary, which is scheduled for release this fall.


Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham review the Supreme Court decision that permitted the newspaper to publish stories based on the secret pentagon study of the Vietnam War.

Bradlee will also feature prominently in The Post, played by Tom Hanks; Meryl Streep will play Post publisher Kay Graham.

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Steven Spielberg signed on to direct the film earlier this month, according to Deadline, and production is slated to begin in late May. If all goes according to schedule, the film will be eligible for next year's Oscar season.

The film will focus on the Post's 1971 decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, which revealed the United States government's lies about its role in the Vietnam War.

While Hanks and Streep have worked with Spielberg before, The Post will be the Oscar-winning actors' first film together. (The movie icons have nine Academy Awards between all three of them.)

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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