The planned TV adaptation of James Patterson‘s mystery novel and Bill Clinton, The President is Missing, will apparently be missing from the upcoming roaster of shows of the Showtime. According to some of the news reports, Showtime has decided not to move forward with the pilot for the series, which would have possibly starred David Oyelowo. The news was initially broken by one of the costars of Oyelowo, Ann Dowd, who chalked the decision up to both the current political events and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dowd revealed that the production of the show stopped midway, and then because of the pandemic, the relevance of it, some things needed to be changed in writing because of what happens to the President. He added that it would not have worked, and it would have had been re-conceived.
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This news of the cancellation comes almost three years after the series was first announced, with Showtime acquiring the rights prior to the publication of the book. This report indicates that the series could ultimately move forward at another streaming service providing platform, or network, although it is still not clear exactly which one at this point.
David Nevins, Showtime president and CEO, said at the time of the announcement of the series bringing The President is Missing to the Showtime is a coup of the highest order. The pairing of President Clinton with the most gripping storyteller of fiction promises a kinetic experience, one that the book world has salivated over for a period of months and that now will dovetail perfectly into a character-based, politically relevant action series for our network.
Clinton said in a statement that he is really enjoying writing this book and also working with Jim. He said this at the time and added that he could not wait to see the Showtime bring the characters to life.
It centered around politically aimless and powerless Vice President James Martin, who is unexpectedly elevated to the Oval Office when Jilian Stroud, President, goes missing, despite his wish to the contrary. He walks right into a world-threatening crisis, a secret, both inside and outside the White House.
The script of the show is written by Anthony Peckham for the pilot and executively produced it alongside Clinton, Oyelowo, Patterson, Leopoldo Gout, Bill Robinson, Christopher McQuarrie, and Heather McQuarrie.