And the Right-Wing is already gunning hard for Stone. This from Newsmax.com on 20 July:
Oliver Stone: Wrong Guy for the Job
With all of the talented directors available, one can only imagine why Paramount CEO Brad Grey would place at the helm of a film on 9/11 the tin foil hat-headed Oliver Stone.
Perhaps Grey did it to make the most of the controversy that will no doubt heat up after folks find out all the stuff Ollie's uttered.
Back in 1987 Stone was given an award by the ACLU. He said the following on that occasion: "Our own country has become a military industrial monolith, as rigid and corrupt as the Soviets.
"This Darth-Vadian Empire of the United States must pay. America has to bleed. I think the corpses have to pile up. I think American boys have to die again. Let the mothers weep and mourn."
You'd think the horrors of 9/11 would have chastened Stone. But sadly, only one month later he called the 9/11 attack a "revolt" against the "six companies who control the world," who "control culture" and who "control ideas."
He was talking about media companies.
Stone added that "the Arabs have a point and will be joined by the people who objected in Seattle." He then characterized the attack as something good, suggesting that "all great changes have come from people or events that were initially misunderstood."
Add these factoids to the mix. Stone focused on civilian slaughter in "Platoon," demonstrated the softer side of Castro in "Looking for Fidel," used Anthony Hopkins to "Hannibal"-ize "Nixon" and transformed Alexander of "Alexander the Great" into a frosted blond, mascara-wearing surfer dude who bores the world into submission.
The Left Coast Report thinks hiring Stone for the 9/11 gig is like asking Tom Cruise to direct a flick on postpartum depression.