Showtime has licensed the rights to adapt as a series The President is Missing, a novel by former U.S. president Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson set to be published in 2018.
In the book, President Clinton and Patterson tell the story of a sitting U.S. president’s disappearance, with the level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know. Though fictional, the story brings to life the pressures and realities of the most important position in the world.
“I’m really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim,” said Clinton. “And I can’t wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life.”
“Bringing The President is Missing to Showtime is a coup of the highest order,” said David Nevins, the president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc. “The pairing of President Clinton with fiction’s most gripping storyteller promises a kinetic experience, one that the book world has salivated over for months and that now will dovetail perfectly into a politically relevant, character-based action series for our network.”
“The White House is such an exciting world to explore and is made even more so with the unique insights of a former president,” added Patterson. “Rich storytelling opportunities for this series abound.”