Truth is far far stranger than any work of the imagination. Not only is Donald Trump the de facto assignment editor for Fox News, cueing them on what to report on so that they can turn around and dictate policy to him: now Michael Wolff’s worldwide bestseller “Fire And Fury” has sold the television rights for seven figures and it’s headed to the small screen. Hollywood Reporter:
Endeavor Content — the financing and sales arm formed in October between sister companies William Morris Endeavor and IMG — has purchased film and television rights to the No. 1 best-selling book. The massive deal is said to be in the seven-figure range. Endeavor Content plans to adapt the book as a TV series. A network is not yet attached, as Endeavor will now begin shopping the project.___Wolff will executive produce the series, with veteran Channel 4 and BBC executive Michael Jackson — now CEO of indie producer Two Cities Television — also on board to produce.___
White House officials attempted to stop its release….Interest in the book then surged, and publisher Henry Holt moved up the publication date from Jan. 9 to Jan. 5 after White House officials attempted to stop its release. Most bookstores sold out in minutes, with some opening at midnight to meet demand. Ebook and audiobook sales were huge (more than 250,000 and 100,000, respectively). Fire and Fury debutedat No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, based only on the first two days of sales. In less than a week, the publisher reported more than 1.4 million hardcovers on order and 700,000 copies shipped, making it the fastest-selling nonfiction book in the company’s history.
This is not the first time by a long shot that an American president and his administration have been portrayed on the silver screen. “JFK,” “LBJ,” “The Kennedys,” “Lincoln,” and any number of other properties have been done, many of them engrossing and high quality. Due to the cast of characters in the world of Donald Trump and the nature of the key figure himself, this is going to be a farce — and just the first of many.