Showtime Will Adapt Bill Clinton & James Patterson Novel

CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves is said to have been instrumental in landing the drama for his corporate sibling with film studios and streaming services also competing for the hot package

Getty Images Courtesy of Little Brown and Company and Knopf From left Clinton and Patterson

While you'd be forgiven for thinking the show will be of the serious political talk show variety, Clinton is actually working with co-author James Patterson [f500link ignore=true] to adapt em The President Is Missing, /em their forthcoming psychological thriller, for Showtime.

Over more than four decades, Patterson has established the single-author record for most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, selling more than 380 million books worldwide, including the Alex Cross, When the Wind Blows, Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett and NYPD Red series. The novel, to be published in 2018, tells the story about a sitting president that has gone missing. The book is President Bill Clinton's first novel, as he worked with James Patterson to write it.

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That last sentence strikes us as the setup line for potential one-liners from the Clinton bashers - please bring your "A" material to the comments section ... For now, David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime, is just stoked his network won the war for POTUS/Patterson.

Mr. Patterson has produced for CBS, and Mr. Moonves has been friends with the former president for many years.

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The President Is Missing is Clinton's first novel. Both Clinton and Patterson have a well established relationship with CBS, which likely played a role in the deal. "The pairing of President Clinton with fiction's most gripping storyteller promises a kinetic experience, one that the book world has salivated over for months and that now will dovetail perfectly into a politically relevant, character-based action series for our network".

"The President Is Missing", a thriller novel coauthored by Clinton and Patterson and set to be released in 2018, details the fictional mystery of a USA president's disappearance. "Rich storytelling opportunities for this series abound". CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves, who has always been a close to Clinton and has shepherded several of Patterson's projects to CBS, personally helped the power duo seal the deal.

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