CNN’s planned documentary on Hillary Clinton won’t be moving forward after its director dropped out of the project, a network spokesperson confirmed Monday.
"Charles Ferguson has informed us that he is not moving forward with his documentary about Hillary Clinton,” a CNN spokesperson said. “Charles is an Academy Award winning director who CNN Films was excited to be working with, but we understand and respect his decision."
The feature-length film was to profile the personal and professional life of the former First Lady and Secretary of State as she mulls a potential presidential run in 2016. It was to air on CNN next year following a theatrical release.
NBC had also announced it was developing a miniseries about Clinton’s life starring Diane Lane, though the network cautioned in recent weeks that the project might never make it out of development. Both it and CNN drew fire from conservative groups who said a project about a possible Democratic presidential candidate was a conflict of interest for its news divisions.