Showtime announces producer, writer for Bill Clinton-James Patterson novel adaptation
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Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie is signing on to executive produce former President Clinton's foray into TV.

McQuarrie, who won an Academy Award for "The Usual Suspects" and is the director behind "Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” will serve as executive producer on "The President is Missing," Showtime announced Thursday. 


Anthony Peckham, who wrote the screenplay for 2009's "Invictus," will adapt Clinton's 2018 thriller with James Patterson into the television drama series.

“Christopher McQuarrie is a master of complex and compelling filmmaking. We feel so lucky to have ensnared him along with the supremely talented Tony Peckham to adapt 'The President is Missing,'" Gary Levine, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks, said in a statement. "They are both extremely enthusiastic about bringing this uniquely authentic political thriller to life on Showtime."

The premium cable network had announced plans for an adaptation of Clinton and Patterson's book back in 2017, even before its release.

In touting the project, Showtime said it would "tell the startling story or 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."

Clinton said at the time, "I can't wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life."