The 2016 United States presidential election was a long, drawn-out affair that culminated in Republican candidate Donald Trump winning the most electoral college votes and becoming the 45th President of the United States. Trump's win was something that few people saw coming. Now, HBO is planning to give a fresh take on the election with a new project from the Game Change team. A new miniseries event will cover the events of the 2016 presidential election.
The miniseries will be based on the book currently being written by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. It will be the third in their Game Change series of campaign books, the first of which focused on the events of the 2008 presidential election and was turned into a political drama film by HBO in 2012. The Game Change movie went on to win five Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a distinguished Peabody Award. The 2016 presidential miniseries will be directed and executive produced by Jay Roach, who directed the Game Change movie in 2012. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are both signed on as executive producers as well.
HBO has not announced a target release date for the Game Change miniseries, although the book on which it will be based will reportedly not be published until early 2018. Given that it took two years for HBO to adapt the first book to a movie, we may look at a similar timeframe for the new project. There's also no news just yet of who will be tapped to play key roles from the 2016 presidential election.
Something tells me that Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon won't get any phone calls about it, but we can bet that HBO will look for some big names. Game Change in 2012 starred Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Ed Harris. Personally, I'm not surprised that the Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton election is getting the miniseries treatment rather than a movie. The media circus surrounding both campaigns should give plenty of material for coverage.
Interestingly, HBO will not be the only network to examine the 2016 presidential election. FX's American Horror Story Season 7 is going to be at least partially based on the events of the campaigns and election. Details are largely scarce on that front as well, but I think it's safe to say that the Game Change miniseries will be pretty different from the American Horror Story version of events.
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