CBS in talks for miniseries based on Comey book
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CBS is in talks for the rights to produce a miniseries based on "A Higher Loyalty," former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcGahn departs as White House counsel Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race FBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump MORE's memoir of his time in the FBI, including his service under President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE.

CNBC reported Tuesday that the network is close to a deal for the series's rights after reportedly winning an auction for the story earlier this month.


CBS Television Studios declined to comment to CNBC, but a source close to the negotiations described the auction process as "a highly competitive situation," according to the report.

The former FBI director's memoir was released in April amid fanfare in the press and heated criticism from Trump and the White House, with the president himself calling for the former FBI chief to be "prosecuted" for allegedly leaking classified information, which Comey has denied doing.

Comey's tell-all book was harsh in its criticism of Trump and his administration, describing the president as "unethical" and his leadership style akin to a mob boss.

"This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values," Comey wrote. "His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty."

At the time of its release, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Comey was in talks for potential TV or movie deals, with the news outlet adding that he had not previously considered before a "flood" of interest around the book's release.

"A film or TV deal wasn’t something Comey even thought about until a flood of people in Hollywood called and expressed interest after the book was announced in early August. Comey is said to be unsure if he’ll sell the option in the end," the report stated.

Comey's former colleague, ex-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself MORE, who was fired from the bureau earlier this year, signed his own book deal this week, according to an announcement from his publisher.