Trump Targeted for Unauthorized TV Movie

Trump Targeted for Unauthorized TV Movie
Donald Trump
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updated 02/09/2005 at 08:50 AM EST

originally published 02/09/2005 08:50AM

You've seen The Apprentice. Now get ready for Trump: The Movie. ABC is planning an unauthorized biopic about the life and times of one of the world's most popular real-estate developers-turned-reality stars, Reuters reports.

"Donald Trump is the American version of royalty," said Quinn Taylor, a vice president at ABC. "He's probably one of the most fascinating and intriguing men who has continually kept himself at the top of his game."

The difficult part, Taylor added, would be finding someone who can pull the role off.

The movie, which is expected to cover the last couple decades of Trump's life, will be based on Gwenda Blair's book The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire, but will not cover his involvement with the hit TV show "The Apprentice" (which airs on NBC). Trump is not involved with the project himself.

Meanwhile, not everyone is so enamored with the man. James Schottel, an attorney from St. Louis, has filed a lawsuit against the producers of The Apprentice, claiming that the show discriminates against candidates with disabilities.

Schottel, a paraplegic who is confined to a wheelchair, says he's suing in order to ensure that he would not be turned away from a casting call for future episodes. Schottel is asking for "reasonable accommodation" for candidates with disabilities, whom he says are covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act when applying for the show that is billed as a "15-week job interview."

There was no word from the producers on the suit, but an NBC spokesman said wheelchair-bound applicants had applied for the fourth season of the reality show. NBC is not named in the suit.

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