Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s mystery novel isn’t even on bookshelves yet, but it’s already heading to TV.
Showtime president and CEO David Nevins announced Friday that the network has acquired the series rights to adapt The President is Missing, which is due to be published in June 2018. Their statement did not elaborate on when production might begin.
In a network statement, Showtime said that the story about the disappearance of a sitting president promises a “level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know – generating a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller. Though fictional, the story brings to life the pressures and realities of the most important position in the world.”
Although sought after by other networks, the project ultimately landed with Showtime thanks in part to both authors’ relationship with Leslie Moonves, the CEO of the cable channel’s network parent, CBS. The network also airs Patterson’s summer series Zoo.
“Bringing The President Is Missing to Showtime is a coup of the highest order,” Nevins said. “The pairing of President Clinton with fiction’s most gripping storyteller promises a kinetic experience, one that the book world has salivated over for months and that now will dovetail perfectly into a politically relevant, character-based action series for our network.”
In the statement, the 42nd president and the author of several nonfiction books said he looks forward to watching Showtime…