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George, Spielberg being courted by Clinton, Patterson to adapt 'President' book

Post by Donnamarie on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 03:18

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Post by Katiedot on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 03:22

JULY 25, 2017 3:55pm PT by [size=13]Rebecca Ford, Kim Masters[/size]
[size=48]Bill Clinton, James Patterson Courting Spielberg, Clooney to Adapt 'President' Book[/size]

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Bill Clinton (left), James Patterson



A heated battle is brewing in Hollywood for film rights to the former president and best-selling author's upcoming novel.

Hollywood will be getting a visit from one of the most high-profile names in politics this week as a battle begins to brew for the film rights to one of the biggest literary properties of the year.

Former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson will be meeting producers to talk about an adaptation of their novel The President Is Missing, due out in June 2018.

CAA's Richard Lovett is handling the rights to the project, which is being treated as a top-secret property. Sources say a 10-page proposal was sent out to buyers and top producers on Monday. It was sent via an expiring link and watermarked. Not everyone who received the proposal will be invited to have a meeting with Clinton and Patterson, however.

Sources say that Clinton and Patterson themselves will meet with interested producers this week. J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney are among those who will be taking in-person meetings with the pair. Producer Steve Bing, known to be a close friend of Clinton, is also said to be getting a meeting.

The project would be the first book-to-film adaptation for Clinton, who has written three books since leaving office in January 2001. Patterson has seen five of his books adapted for the big screen and has served as a producer on the three most recent films. Another eight of his stories have been adapted for TV, most recently the 2015-17 CBS series Zoo. He is working on a CBS pilot, Instinct, based on his book Murder Games.

Plot details on The President Is Missing are scarce, but a May 8 statement announcing the book promised "insider details that only a president can know." Added the 42nd POTUS, "Drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House and the way Washington works has been a lot of fun."
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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 03:53

Thanks Katie Smile
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Post by Katiedot on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 05:43

My pleasure!

So, Bill Clinton's written a book, a work of fiction?  And this is being sold to be made into a film?  Have I understood this right?
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 11:39

Sounds about right, although my guess is that Patterson did thee writing and Clinton provided the insider details, No matter who makes the movie, the book is a guaranteed best-seller. The title alone makes me wish it was non-fiction.
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Post by Katiedot on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 12:52

LizzyNY wrote: my guess is that Patterson did thee writing and Clinton provided the insider details.
Ah, yes. That would make more sense!!
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Post by Sevens on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 12:56

I hope George gets it done.
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Post by PigPen on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 13:31

I'm still waiting for The Catcher Was A Spy.

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 14:02

It does seems Clinton and Patterson expect a huge response to the book that they are already looking for a screen adaptation.
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Post by Katiedot on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 14:42

Perhaps they know it's not a great book, but is a story that would work well on screen (a la everything Dan Brown has ever written).
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 17:43

Or it could be both: a good book that will make a good movie. Hey! Maybe it's a how-to book! I wonder if it comes with instructions.  Very Happy
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