Showtime has landed the rights to the upcoming novel The President is Missing from President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson. Showtime will adapt the book, which will be released on June 11, 2018, into a series. The novel marks the first time an American President has co-authored a thriller, and Showtime believes it will be one of the “biggest and most spellbinding” novels of 2018.
“I’m really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim,” said President Bill Clinton. “And I can’t wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life.”
“The White House is such an exciting world to explore and is made even more so with the unique insights of a former President,” said Patterson. “Rich storytelling opportunities for this series abound.”
“Bringing The President is Missing to Showtime is a coup of the highest order,” stated David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “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.”
Patterson has sold more than 380 million books over his four decade-long career. His books include the Alex Cross, When the Wind Blows, Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett and NYPD Red series. Patterson’s Zoo is the basis for CBS’s summer series starring James Wolk.
President Clinton wrote the bestselling nonfiction books including My Life, Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy, Between Hope and History, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, and Putting People First: How We Can All Change America.
The President is Missing Plot: In the book, President Clinton and Patterson tell the startling story of a sitting U.S. president’s disappearance, with the level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know – generating a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller. Though fictional, the story brings to life the pressures and realities of the most important position in the world.