Tom Hanks to Co-Produce TV Mini Series on US Election 2016
Posted 2017/03/12 2886 0
Donald Trump’s unconventional presidential campaign and improbable victory over Hillary Clinton is getting a miniseries treatment by HBO.
Tom Hanks is set to executive produce an HBO miniseries about Donald Trump’s historic election and stunning victory over Hillary Clinton, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Based on a book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, which is currently being written, the miniseries will follow the ups and downs of the pair on the US Presidential campaign trail, reports NME.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, whose work on their best-selling book Game Change set the bar for political reporting and storytelling inside a presidential campaign.” said HBO’s Len Amato said in a statement. “Reuniting Game Change director and executive producer Jay Roach and Playtone producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with Mark and John for a project based on their upcoming book promises to vividly capture the most unique and impactful event in modern American politics.”
Roach, Hanks, and Goetzman all collaborated with Halperin and Heilemann on the 2012 HBO film Game Change, which chronicled the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin.
The 2012 installment of Game Change was described by Breitbart News as a “heinous piece of propaganda,” an “in-kind contribution to Barack Obama,” and an overall hackneyed political hit-job on Governor Palin.
Halperin and Heilemann’s 2010 bestseller Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime was over 400 pages long. But, as Breitbart reported, the HBO film focused primarily on Palin and largely ignored President Obama.
This is the second scripted series about the 2016 election announced so far. The upcoming season of FX’s American Horror Story will be inspired by the election but won’t feature the characters of Trump and Clinton.