Bill Clinton's First Novel to Become Major Showtime TV Series

The cash-cow never runs out of milk for the Clintons...

The world has gone to hell in a handbasket but the Clintons are doing what they do best: hustling for cash.

Hillary is, of course, on a book tour and now Bubba has joined the ranks. The former president is apparently penning his first novel, The President Is Missing (insert jokes here) to be released in 2018. Best of all, before it's even been published, the novel (not surprisingly) has already been picked up by Showtime for a mega-dollar TV-series contract. 

Entertainment Weekly reports that Bill teamed up with famed author James Patterson to write a novel about the dubious disappearance of a U.S. president:

We’re told the project was hotly sought after by studios and networks, with Clinton and Patterson doing a 16-meeting tour around Hollywood trying to select the right outlet. CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves — who has a long-standing relationship with both Clinton and Patterson (the latter an executive producer on the CBS drama Zoo) — personally helped make the deal.

One surprise about the deal is that novel’s hook was presumed to be perfect for a theatrical film, or perhaps become a limited series. Instead, Showtime is turning The President Is Missing into a full-blown ongoing drama series.

“Bringing The President Is Missing to Showtime is a coup of the highest order,” said Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. “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.”

“I’m really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim,” Clinton said in a statement. “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 of the novel. "Rich storytelling opportunities for this series abound."

Indeed. Perhaps they could start with some autobiographical sketches. 

People