The Donald Trump miniseries is on the way: HBO announced Thursday that “the story” of the president’s “dramatic, improbable victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election” will form the basis of a multi-parter, with actors playing both protagonists. No word on casting or airdate was made.
Per HBO, the miniseries will comprise the third installment of the Mark Halperin and John Heilemann “Game Change” book series. The first of those books was also turned into an HBO movie — 2012’s “Game Change,” about the run-up to the 2008 election in which Julianne Moore played Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and Ed Harris played GOP nominee John McCain.
Per HBO, this will also mark the reunion of Halperin and Heilemann with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who will both serve as executive producers of this mini. In addition, Jay Roach will direct. Roach also directed “Game Change,” as well as the HBO adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play, “All the Way,” which starred Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson.
Halperin and Heilemann have built a considerable industry based on their reporting about recent elections, including Showtime’s “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.” The second season launches March 19.
The first installment of their book series was the best-selling “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.” The second installment was “Double-Down: Game Change 2012.” The third installment about the recent election has not yet been published — which could mean the miniseries itself may be at least a couple of years away.