Showtime is set to turn an upcoming novel written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson into a TV series, the network has announced. The novel, titled The President Is Missing, is due for publication in June 2018 and the network has beat out other film studios and networks to acquire the rights. Described by Showtime as the “startling story” of a sitting U.S. president’s disappearance, the book marks the first time a former U.S. president has co-authored a thriller. The series will be Clinton’s first book-to-screen adaptation after writing three books since his departure from the White House in 2001. Details on the plot are scarce, but a statement announcing the joint effort back in May promised “insider details that only a president can know.” “Though fictional, the story brings to life the pressures and realities of the most important position in the world,” Showtime said in a statement released Friday.
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