I had been fully aware of this project dating back to 2005, but was under the impression that the part of Martha Mitchell would've been a supporting role, along with Annette Bening as Helen Thomas, Jill Clayburgh as Pat Nixon and Gwyneth Paltrow as Maureen Dean. Upon learning that it was indeed Murphy behind this project, with a little investigation I also realized that this was likely going to be a lead role for Meryl. Martha Mitchell was deemed "the mouth of the South" for her whistleblowing in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal in early 70's. The outspoken, Arkansan wife of Nixon's attorney general John Mitchell became famous after her frequent phone calls to members of the press, detailing political shenanigans that took place under the corrupt Republican administration.
The news of this project broke in August of 2005, with Murphy hoping to begin filming by spring 2006. If we consider the possibility that this came together for production at some point in 2006, we could've expected a release sometime in 2007, and as is usual with Streep's starring roles, likely fourth quarter for awards placement. This idea created a predicament for me, as I've already completed my reimagined history, which included 2007 of course. But consider if Meryl had a lead role in a politically-themed movie in place of the two supporting roles in the poorly-received Rendition and Lions for Lambs. Plus it's a fairly baity character...alcoholic, eccentric, heavy Arkansan accent. Seems a better project than either of the aforementioned films.
This of course would alter my reimagined history, something I thought was completely set in stone. But I'm strongly considering addending it to replace both Rendition and Lions for Lambs with Dirty Tricks. With the same rationale in mind, I'm also considering altering 2014's filmography, but I'm not giving away those exact details quite yet. Regardless of what I decide, this was a fun discovery and yet another fun speculation of what could've been.