Jack Layton Biopic

November 21, 2011 by staff 

Jack Layton Biopic, The late Jack Layton, who as federal NDP leader carried his party to official opposition status, will be the subject of a biopic.

Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow, Layton’s widow, confirmed she has signed an agreement with veteran filmmaker Laszlo Barna to make her late husband’s life into a film that will broadcast on the CBC.

“I’ve seen some of his (Barna’s) movies before and he looks like a reputable, experienced producer. With his experience, I felt like I could trust his judgment so I said okay,” Chow told the Star, adding that Layton’s family is also in support of the film project.

Layton, a long-time Toronto city councillor who went on to become federal NDP leader in 2003, died last August after a lengthy battle with cancer, months after leading his party to a record number of seats in the May 2 federal election and becoming Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

“If Jack’s life can inspire more people to get involved in making their community, their city, their country or the world a better place to be, then it would be worth it,” Chow said.

“He (Layton) found in every human being a commonality,” Chow added, noting her husband persuaded Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, during his time as a city councillor, to support numerous initiatives on homelessness issues.

Barna, who has produced previous films on national figures such as Gen. Romeo Dallaire — who as a U.N. commander watched helplessly as genocide unfolded in Rwanda — and Sue Rodriguez — an ALS patient who fought unsuccessfully for the right to die — said Layton’s story was a natural fit.

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