By Yohana Desta. Photos: Getty Images.
HBO—like FX and Showtime, among others—is working on a mini-series about the warp in the space-time continuum known as the 2016 presidential election. The network will adapt an upcoming book about the election by veteran politics writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the same team behind Game Change—a book about the 2008 presidential election, adapted by HBO into an Emmy-winning TV movie in 2012. The upcoming TV show, which will be based on the third book in Heilemann and Halperin’s Game Change series, will be directed and executive produced by Game Change and Recount director Jay Roach. Tom Hanks will also serve as a producer.
HBO is far from the first network to get its wheels spinning on a 2016 election-based series. The controversy-ridden political race ghostwritten by the devil himself is also being adapted for TV by creators like Ryan Murphy, who announced in February that an upcoming season of American Horror Story will focus on the election. “I think that will be interesting for a lot of people,” he said during an interview on Watch What Happens Live, as millions gnashed their teeth in agony. And in fact, Murphy is giving his audience a double helping of political content: TV’s reigning pop-culture historian is also working on an American Crime Story season about the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. That means two actresses will get to join Murphy’s oeuvre by portraying Hillary Clinton at different phases in her life. (And no, Sarah Paulson apparently isn’t in contention for at least one of those roles: Murphy wants her to play Linda Tripp instead.)
In fact, HBO isn’t even the only network plotting a 2016 election-adjacent series with Halperin and Heilemann. The duo already have a political docu-series on Showtime, titled The Circus, and have said that its second season will focus on Trump’s first 100 days in office. Its first episode will air on March 19.
Plenty of other creatives are also working on 2016-election-centric projects right now. Megan Ellison and Mark Boal, for example, are also cooking up an eight- to 10-hour drama about the Trump-Clinton contest. Further details about the project have not yet been shared, and no network or streaming platform is attached—so you still have plenty of time to figure out your escape strategy from the TV world as a whole.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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