The Hollywood Reporter:
Halfway into Donald Trump's first 100 days as President of the United States, and someone has already commissioned a cinematic treatment of the long and frequently absurd election that put him in office.
HBO is set to chronicle the events of the recent presidential election, much as they did in 2012 telepic Game Change — only this time it will be expanded to a miniseries. Also like Game Change, the yet-to-be-titled project will be directed by Jay Roach and based on source material from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The duo's book about Trump's stunning 2016 upset over Hillary Clinton is set to be published by Penguin Press.
Game Change, itself a pseudo-sibling of 2000 election film Recount, didn't air until four years after the events depicted. It focused on the narrative from the side of John McCain's losing campaign — particularly the controversial figure of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore. (Players from the Barack Obama side of election were mostly featured in historical footage.)
“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," HBO Films president 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.”
Well what can I say, there was no doubt that this was coming.
After all, how could it not?
And I think that the folks who brought us Game Change are the perfect people to film this almost unbelievable tale.
However I predict that no matter HOW accurately this team sticks to the facts of the campaign, that those who view it decades from now will simply assume that they took huge amounts of creative license and that surely things did not play out the way they are portrayed in the miniseries.