Look Who’s Getting a TV Deal for His Political Thriller

Former president teaming up with a best-selling author to deliver 'detail only someone who has held the office can know'

by PopZette Staff | Updated 23 Sep 2017 at 4:56 PM

The TV rights to an upcoming novel co-written by former President Bill Clinton have been acquired by Showtime, the premium cable television network said late Friday.

Showtime Network Inc. called the novel, co-written with bestselling author James Patterson, a “powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller.”

“I'm really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim,” Clinton said in a statement. “I can’t wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life.”

The network said the novel — titled “The President is Missing” — has “the level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know.”

Showtime chief executive and President David Nevins said getting the rights to the novel was “a coup of the highest order” for the network.

The novel is scheduled for release in June 2018.

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“The White House is such an exciting world to explore and is made even more so with the unique insights of a former president,” Patterson said.

Clinton, a Democrat and the country’s 42nd president, has published several nonfiction books including “Putting People First: How We Can All Change America.”

Showtime won a bidding war for the book’s rights.

Patterson holds the record for most No. 1 New York Times best-sellers by a single author, selling more than 380 million copies worldwide. Among them is “Women’s Murder Club.”

Showtime won a bidding war for the book’s rights.

The networks affiliation with CBS, and the corporation's boss, Leslie Moonves, helped seal the deal, according to the Associated Press.

This Fox News piece is used by permission; the AP contributed.

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