The election of Donald Trump was a rare moment of unprecedented history in America, and HBO is looking to commemorate that. We hope.
The premium cable network famous for fantasy shows such as Game of Thrones, and infamous for being the home of Bill Maher’s “comedy”, recognizes the enormous significance of electing Donald Trump as the 45th President of these United States. Unfortunately for those looking forward to a straight-forward, unbiased look at the 2016 election, you may need to look elsewhere.
“Donald Trump’s unconventional presidential campaign and improbable victory over Hillary Clinton is getting a miniseries treatment by HBO. The project will chronicle Trump’s road to victory in the 2016 presidential election in one of the most stunning political upsets of all time. Jay Roach is on board to direct and executive produce, with Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman executive producing. The trio also worked together on the Emmy-winning 2012 HBO film Game Change, about the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain — which, like Trump, featured an outsider and media star in VP candidate Sarah Palin.
“The Trump miniseries will be based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s upcoming third installment of their Game Change series, which will be published by Penguin Press.
“Halperin and Heilemann’s 2010 bestseller Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, was adapted into an HBO movie executive produced by Goetzman and Hanks, directed and executive produced by Roach, and starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris. It went on to win five Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.”
Seeing Tom Hanks’ name mentioned in conjunction with this project is enough for many to realize exactly how this miniseries will lean. Hanks famously sent a “gift” to the White House press corps in order to make a not-so-subtle dig at President Trump.