LOS ANGELES -- Bouyed by favorable reaction to his film "Bobby," Emilio Estevez has shot and edited a prequel and sequel for release by the December 31 Oscar deadline. Britney Spears is cast in neither.
"Bobby," which opened last week, is the story of ordinary, troubled people whose lives converge briefly at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the night when Sen. Robert Kennedy is fatally wounded in 1968.
A reviewer for "Variety" described the film as "A passionate outcry for peace and justice."
Estevez said his two forthcoming films reinforce the themes of "Bobby." He permitted this reporter to view the rough cuts.
"Julius" is the story of ordinary, troubled people whose lives converge briefly at or near the Roman Senate on the day Julius Caesar is assassinated.
To underscore the relevance of that fateful event to today's world, Estevez employs deliberate anachronisms. For instance, Caesar dies in front of a concession stand selling "Orange Julius."
A horrified bystander spills a cup of the red-orange drink and the camera lingers as the liquid merges with Caesar's blood.
"George" is the story of ordinary, troubled people whose lives converge briefly at a shopping center in Laurel, Maryland on the day when reactionary Presidential candidate George Wallace of Alabama is shot and paralyzed.
The film presents an eerie juxtaposition between George Wallace and John F. Kennedy, Jr., the founder-editor of "George" magazine. Through intercutting and split screen, we see JFK's fatal 1999 plane crash off Nantucket at the same cinematic moment Wallace crashes to the asphalt in 1972.
On the soundtrack, we hear one of Wallace's most disturbing speeches ("segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever") giving way to the sane, compassionate voice of JFK Jr. launching his wry but enlightened magazine, which was named after George Washington. The film closes with a copy of "George" bobbing in the surf off Chappaquidick Island.
Meanwhile, the film "W" by Estevez's brother, Charlie Sheen, has opened to enthusiastic reviews. It is about ordinary, troubled people whose lives converge briefly in a 12-block radius of the U.S. Supreme Court on the day it elected George W. Bush President of the United States in 2000.
A reviewer for "Variety" described Sheen's film as, "A passionate outcry for peace and justice."
A naked Britney Spears offered no immediate comment.