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Hollywood to Make Chappaquiddick Film With “Hero” Ted Kennedy

Remember that time that Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge into a frozen lake, escaped the car and swam to safety but left a young political staffer named Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in the frigid water? 

If the director of Fifty Shades of Grey has anything to do with it, you will – but you’ll remember Ted Kennedy, the man who drove the car and abandoned the scene while a woman struggled for her life (he didn’t even alert police until the next morning), as the hero. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Taylor-Johnson, who famously directed the “erotic thriller” whose sex scenes were, reportedly, slightly less titillating than watching paint dry, will helm the new project, Chappaquiddick, that will finally – finally – give old Ted the recognition he deserves for his heroic and selfless action. 

“I’ve done a lot of true life stories, many sports stories, but this one had a deep impact on this country,” said Ciardi. “Everyone has an idea of what happened on Chappaquiddick and this strings together the events in a compelling and emotional way. You’ll see what he had to go through.”

Written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, Chappaquiddick is political thriller that unveils the true story of what is described as the seven most dramatic days of Senator Ted Kennedy’s life.

On the eve of the moon landing, Senator Kennedy becomes entangled in a tragic car accident that results in the death of former Robert Kennedy campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. The Senator struggles to follow his own moral compass and simultaneously protect his family’s legacy, all while simply trying to keep his own political ambitions alive.

I’m not sure “entangled” is the right word for anyone except Mary Jo, who was so entangled in Kennedy’s wreckage that she suffocated to death underwater. The rest of the description, though, is even more comical: apparently, as a young girl lay dead through his recklessness, the young Ted Kennedy “really struggled” to regain his political clout, for a seat that he held for fifty years past the events of Chappaquiddick (though he’d never be President). Apparently, it damaged him so much, those days, where he learned he might face consequences for his actions, only to be given no jail time – he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “leaving the scene of the accident.” 

I for one, am thrilled. For too long, the politically privileged in our society have been the downtrodden, the silent, the suffering. The ones struggling to understand how they are supposed to go on with their lives after literally killing someone. The ones forced to endure a half a century in the Senate, yet never to be President. Poor guy.

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