The book's premise tells the story of a United States sitting president who mysteriously disappears, and contains details about the presidency that could only be provided by someone who once held the office, according to EW. With a publication date set for June 11, 2018, the novel is already considered to be a high commodity, with the two authors meeting with various studios before settling on Showtime.
Showtime Chief Executive David Nevins said landing "The President Is Missing" is "a coup of the highest order", adding that it will "dovetail perfectly into a politically relevant, character-based action series for our network". But because anything written by a Clinton or James Patterson is just guaranteed to be good, it was easy for them to lock up television rights before the synopsis is even known.
"I'm really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim", Clinton said in a statement.
The 42nd president has authored several nonfiction books, but "The President Is Missing" is his first novel and marks the first time an American president has ever coauthored a thriller. His books include the Alex Cross, When the Wind Blows, Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett and NYPD Red series.
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Bill Clinton has landed a major TV series deal. CBS Corp., the parent company of Showtime, is thrilled to have secured the rights to the novel, though no details regarding a production start date or release date have been announced.
Mr. Patterson has produced for CBS, and Mr. Moonves has been friends with the former president for many years.
Patterson, who has sold more than 380 million books worldwide during his decades-long career, said Clinton's involvement in the novel provides "rich storytelling opportunities for this series". 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.