The director hired by CNN Films to make a documentary about Hillary Clinton announced in a Huffington Post op-ed Monday that he was quitting the project. Filmmaker Charles Ferguson wrote in specific detail about the pushback he received from Democrats and Republicans alike over the project since being hired by CNN Films, going as far as to name Clinton aides who had expressed their disapproval of the film. Ferguson said he doubted he could even get people on camera to talk about the Clintons. CNN confirmed to Politico that they would not be seeking another partner for the project.
The film, which was announced in July, quickly drew scrutiny from those who thought it would booster Clinton's presumed 2016 presidential campaign and put CNN's objectivity as a news organization in jeopardy. NBC is drawing similar criticisms for its plans to make a dramatized Hillary Clinton miniseries, with Diane Lane cast to play the former secretary of state. The RNC voted in August to boycott both CNN and NBC when it came to hosting Republican debates for the 2016 presidential campaign.
Soon after the report of the project's cancelation, the RNC issued a statement claiming credit for the move, saying "it's clearly not of their choosing but rather because the filmmaker quit in large part because of the RNC's actions." It reiterated its calls for NBC to cancel its project as well.
NBC did not respond for a request to comment, but has said in the past the RNC's concerns were premature.
Updated: NBC announced Monday it too would be canceling its plans to develop a Hillary Clinton miniseries, according to Deadline Hollywood.
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Updated on 9/30/2013: This story has been updated to include new information from NBC.