Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg are working on a new TV drama together, it has been reported.
Clinton was the Democratic candidate in the 2016 US election but lost out to Donald Trump. Prior to that, she served as US Secretary Of State between 2009 and 2013, and Senator for New York between 2001 and 2009.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the politician is involved in adapting Elaine Weiss’ book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight To Win The Vote to television. The book was published in March and centres around the activists and suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote in the US.
The adaptation has been picked up by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, who plan to turn it into either a TV movie or a limited series, and it could appear on broadcast TV or streaming platforms. Clinton will act as executive producer on the project, as will Weiss and Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
In a statement, Clinton said: “At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss’ unforgettable book tells the story of the female leaders who — in the face of towering economic, racial and political opposition — fought for and won American women’s right to vote.
“Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, The Woman’s Hour is both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and old, male and female, in these perilous times. So much could have gone wrong, but these American women would not take no for an answer: their triumph is our legacy to guard and emulate.”
She continued: “I am thrilled to be working with Elaine, Steven and everyone at Amblin Television on bringing this important project to audiences everywhere.” Clinton is reportedly expected to be “actively” involved in finding a writer and director, and in guiding the script and casting.
Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obama are also stepping into television production after signing a deal with Netflix.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed the former US President and First Lady had signed a “multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.”