Jordan Orlando’s story about the book’s adaptation. For The New Yorker.
“Woodward was a fabulous help to me,” Goldman said. “What was tricky was trying to make the story hold. . . . This was just two guys plodding along. The whole movie was risky; nobody had any idea the movie would work.” But despite the temptation to glamorize the story, Goldman insisted on trying to be accurate. “I was terrified because you knew that everybody who was going to talk about this film had, at one time or another, been in a newsroom. Every power on television—they all began in newsrooms. And we knew if we Hollywood-ed it up, we would be in terrible trouble,” he said.