In a year in which seemingly every new day unveils some new Presidential scandal, Amazon is setting their sights on one that defined the 1990s. Amazon has bought an original script focused on the relationship between Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp, two friends whose names became etched in history after a Presidential sex act, and all the fallout that followed.
Deadline reports that Amazon has picked up Linda and Monica, a script by Flint Wainess that landed spot on the prestigious Black List last year. It follows Tripp and Lewinsky, friends who both found themselves working inside the Clinton White House in the mid-’90s, Tripp as an aide and Lewinsky as an intern. When Lewinsky became sexually involved with President Bill Clinton, Tripp secretly recorded her conversations with Lewinsky about the affair, eventually turning those tapes over to Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. What followed was political turmoil, arguments about the precise meaning of the word “is,” and at least a thousand jokes about incriminating stains on blue dresses.
Linda and Monica will be produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists. They previously produced the Academy Award-winning film Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. They’re also producing Washington’s upcoming Equalizer sequel.
The sordid history of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, long relegated for the most part to the realm of trivia questions and dated punchlines, wound up being rehashed exhaustively during last year’s Presidential campaign, with Donald Trump in particular using it as a go-to attack with which to assail the character of Hillary Clinton. That alone would make Linda and Monica timely, but it’s only become more so in 2017. Now there are new scandals, a new special prosecutor, and the promise of more to come — although we’re presuming Robert Mueller won’t be subpoenaing any DNA-stained dresses this time around.