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Associated Press

Four movies or documentaries are in the works on Watergate, a friend points out:

  1. "Felt" is the story of Deep Throat, FBI official Mark Felt, told primarily from the perspective of his family. Liam Neeson plays Felt. Julian Morris plays Bob Woodward. Filming is complete and the movie is expected to be released this year. Directed by Peter Landesman.
  2. The film rights to "The Last of the President's Men," Woodward's book on Nixon aide Alexander Butterfield, who disclosed the secret White House taping system, has been sold to Steve Golin's Anonymous Content (which did "Spotlight," the 2016 Best Picture on the Boston Globe investigation of Catholic priests). Screenwriter and director Rod Lurie is working on the screenplay and meeting regularly with Butterfield and Woodward.
  3. Actor Robert Redford is planning with NBC for a possible documentary that focuses on the Senate and House investigations of Watergate in 1973-74, when bipartisanship was still possible in Washington.
  4. ABC has commissioned a primetime special on Watergate timed to the 45th anniversary of the 1972 break-in at the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate office building.

Asked for comment, Woodward told Axios AM: "History is never over."

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