‘What’s The Deal’ With Hollywood’s Biopic Obsession? (Video)

In this week’s “What’s the Deal?,” film reporter Jeff Sneider explores Hollywood’s increasing fascination with real, and often boring, people

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 3:01 PM

Hollywood has picked a peck of biopics.

This awards season brings movies about Nelson Mandela, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana — as lesser known subjects Solomon Northrup (“12 Years a Slave”), Eugene Allen (“Lee Daniels‘ The Butler”) and Ron Woodruff (“Dallas Buyers Club”).

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Of course, the term “biopic” has a loose definition — to some, there’s little differentiation from historical dramas such as “The Monuments Men,” “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Fifth Estate,” “Lone Survivor,” “Rush” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” all of which are based on true events.

This week has seen some notable announcements on the biopic front, with subjects ranging from U.S. President Woodrow Wilson to U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas — yes, the one who is all of 17 years old. Always fascinated with its own legacy, Hollywood is also prepping biopics of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and iconic actor Montgomery Clift, who will be played by Bryan Cranston and Matt Bomer, respectively.

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So what’s the deal? Check out Jeff Sneider’s video (above).