The film Game Change, which debuts on HBO Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, covers only half the story.
Not Barack Obama's election as the nation's first African-American president; instead, Game Change zeroes in on how little-known Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska for less than two years, became John McCain's running mate and zoomed into the stratosphere of political celebrity.REVIEW: 'Game Change' is unlikely to change minds about Palin BLOG: Cindy McCain jabs at 'Game Change' and Ed Harris
"I just thought it was by far the most compelling story in that book," director Jay Roach says.
McCain's last-minute decision to tap Palin offered a tight story within a short time frame, less than 60 days from the announcement to Election Day. Screenwriter Danny Strong calls it "one of the most amazing political stories of our time."