Sean Penn may star in ''All the King's Men'' remake. Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian will direct the remake of the 1949 political drama

By Gary Susman
Updated April 07, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Sean Penn: Brian Flannery/Ace Pictures/Newscom

Having just won an Oscar, Sean Penn may now run for office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures wants to draft him to play Willie Stark, the populist demagogue politician who is the protagonist of ”All the King’s Men,” in a remake of the 1949 movie. Like that film, which won an Oscar for star Broderick Crawford, the remake is based on the classic 1946 Robert Penn Warren novel that was in turn inspired by Depression-era Louisiana governor and senator Huey Long. Former Bill Clinton adviser James Carville, who knows a thing or two about charismatic candidates and Southern politics, is an executive producer of the movie. Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (”Schindler’s List”) will write and direct the film.