Former Gov. George C. Wallace is flattered a movie is being made about him but worried it will tell only half the story.
Turner Network Television announced the project Tuesday, saying the cable movie will air in 1997. It will be based on Marshall Frady's book "Wallace," which was last updated in 1972, before Wallace renounced his segregationist views.
"The governor is very flattered that TNT has decided his life story merits a movie," said Wallace spokesman David Azbell. "But we hope they tell the entire story of the man, not only the George Wallace of the early '60s, but the later George Wallace who reached out a hand to every group in Alabama as well."
Wallace will be portrayed by Gary Sinise, who played the legless Vietnam veteran in "Forrest Gump" and had the title role in HBO's "Truman."