HBO’s Game Change is getting a sequel. If that seems a little impossible, considering the tale of the 2008 race focused on Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain, it won’t be a direct sequel with the same characters. Instead, the upcoming TV film will follow the 2012 election closely, which means a nearly brand new set of characters will be part of the narrative, with a few familiar faces.

The project will be based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book Double Down: Game Change 2012, which will follow the election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. If this book doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because the title isn’t out yet. In fact, THR is reporting Double Down isn’t even expected to hit the market until the fall of 2013, so we have some time before HBO’s option of the book comes together at the subscription cable network.

Game Change (the book) was a number one New York Times bestseller, and HBO’s TV movie also did well, earning seven Emmy nominations and four wins. Julianne Moore, who played Sarah Palin in the TV movie, won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, and hopefully the new project will find actors who will be equally captivating onscreen. We already know Double Down will feature the same type of source material, and even with different people involved, it should tell an interesting story.

TV Blend will keep you posted as Double Down shapes up but, as noted before, expect it to be a little while before this TV endeavor fully comes together.

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