President William Jefferson Clinton has worn a lot of hats in his lifetime, especially after coming into the national spotlight during his 1992 presidential campaign. Next year, he will try out a new skill as a novelist when he and co-writer James Patterson publish the thriller, The President is Missing. With almost a full year to go before the book hits the stands, however, Showtime has announced this week that it will be adapted it into an ongoing television series.
The book will detail the startling disappearance of a sitting U.S. president: an event that seems almost impossible considering the protection and attention the commander-in-chief is afforded.
If there’s one person who knows how it could happen, though, it would be someone who has actually held that office, and that’s why Patterson is teaming with Clinton to write his new novel.
Clinton and Patterson actual met with 16 different producers and executives to discuss the possibility of adapting The President is Missing into a film before settling on a deal with Showtime.
“I’m really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim,” said Clinton. “And I can’t wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life.”
Patterson is the most prolific and highest-earning author alive, publishing between 10-20 books a year and bringing in nearly $100 million annually.
Most of Patterson’s books are co-written with other authors, with Patterson coming up with the plot and his collaborators handling the bulk of the writing.
Three films have been adapted from Patterson’s popular Alex Cross series: 1997’s Kiss the Girls and 2001’s Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman, and 2012’s Alex Cross with Tyler Perry.
The third season of Zoo, the CBS series based on Patterson’s 2012 novel of the same name, came to an end earlier this week. Clinton recently teamed with fellow former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama to launch a campaign to help the victims of the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.