Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'The President is Missing' Series: Showtime Snags Clinton Book Adaptation

'The President is Missing' Series: Showtime Snags Clinton Book Adaptation

The Clinton-Patterson collaboration, announced in May, won't be released until next June.

In addition to being Clinton's first novel, this is the first time an American President has ever co-written a thriller. "The pairing of Predient Clinton with fiction's most gripping storyteller promises a kinetic experience, one that the book world has salivated over for months".

No word yet on when the series will hit the small screen.

The former president said in a statement that he's excited about seeing the project being developed. The fictional work brings to life the "pressures and realities of the most important position in the world".

"The President Is Missing", a thriller novel coauthored by Clinton and Patterson and set to be released in 2018, details the fictional mystery of a USA president's disappearance.

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"Bringing The President Is Missing to Showtime is a coup of the highest order". Their choice arrived because the two both have a longstanding relationship with CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves (Patterson is an executive producer on Zoo, which airs on CBS). Not much is known about the plot of the book, with a press release describing the Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company joint release as a "gripping tale of power and betrayal, with a unique perspective on the pressures and stakes faced by a sitting president".

Clinton expressed his enjoyment of the writing process and excitement over seeing his characters be brought to life by Showtime.

"The President Is Missing" is similar in genre to some of Showtime's more successful shows, such as the spy thriller "Homeland", the dark Hollywood drama "Ray Donovan" and "Billions", which is about the clash between money and politics in New York City.

Patterson, who has sold more than 380 million books worldwide during his decades-long career, said Clinton's involvement in the novel provides "rich storytelling opportunities for this series".

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