HBO Drops Mark Halperin’s 2016 Election Movie

Following allegations of sexual misconduct against journalist and NBC News political analyst Mark Halperin, HBO decided on Thursday not to proceed with collaborating with Halperin on a planned miniseries based on his upcoming Game Change sequel on the 2016 presidential election. “HBO is no longer proceeding with the project tied to the untitled book co-authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the 2016 Presidential election," an HBO spokesman told The Daily Beast in a statement. "HBO has no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company or its productions.” HBO, which previously turned the first Game Change book on the 2008 election into an acclaimed HBO film, green-lit the new project earlier this year, stating that “we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, whose work on their bestselling book ‘Game Change’ set the bar for political reporting and storytelling inside a presidential campaign.” Director Jay Roach and producer Tom Hanks were attached to the planned mini-series on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s race.

—Asawin Suebsaeng