By MICHAEL A. MARCO, Associated PressSouth Africa’s apartheid era ended in 1994, but the political landscape is more fraught now than it was in 1994.
The country’s political parties, led by President Jacob Zuma, and the government of Nelson Mandela have repeatedly clashed over economic and security issues.
But that’s not stopping “Good Times” director Simon van Beethoven from making a movie about apartheid.
Zuma, who led South Africa from 1994 to 2007, said last week he is still considering casting “Good times” actor/director Tim Burton as a member of the ruling Zuma family.
But he told The Associated Press he’s not considering the role.
Zumar, who was a prominent leader of the country’s 1994-99 civil war, said he is not sure if he’ll accept the part, but he’s considering it.
He said he has had a lot of support in the film world for the project.
He said his goal is to get the movie out there.
“I’m not going to say ‘No,’ but if I say yes, it’s going to be done,” he said.
Zumangas office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether he plans to cast Burton.
Burton has been nominated for the Oscar for best director for his role in “The Artist” and is up for a Golden Globe award for best actor.
He has previously been nominated by the Academy for best picture and for his portrayal of former President John F. Kennedy in “No Country for Old Men.”
Burton, whose last film was in 2014’s “The Big Short,” said he was thrilled to be part of the project.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, because I’ve been so close to the story of apartheid, and it’s an issue that is just not being discussed, and in my mind, it still is,” he told the AP.
“It’s just something that I feel passionately about.
The movie is about how to talk about that and not let the world down.”
The film is set to begin production next week in New York City.