Hollywood – As tensions rise between Russia and the West, studios in Hollywood are already clamoring to begin production on what few scripts still abound with any relevance, pitting the United States against Russia in a wartime setting. “Putin has always made for an incredible living villain,” said Daniel Swchartzman, a producer with 20th Century Fox. “But cold war films haven’t been relevant for years and Russia just hasn’t mattered for a while in our industry.”
The sudden change in global politics has caught most in the film industry by surprise, from writers to producers, few if any have any material prepared to entertain audiences later this year or next with thrillers between the two great world powers. But few in Hollywood have any doubt as to who will be the most sought after actor of 2014. “Ed Harris!” shouted Harvey Weinstein, through a wheezing laugh. “He’s probably practicing martial arts and tiger training right now preparing for what will be the role of a life time for him,” he said. Bart Epstein, Ed Harris’s agent said, “My phone has been ringing non-stop for the past two weeks. Literally everyone in this damn town wants Ed for Putin – Films are being written up a dozen at a time, I don’t even have time to skim the things.” Many industry insiders are predicting a number of films to be out by 2015 with themes of Russia v. West. “But only one is going to have Ed!” said Weinstein.