- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hollywood is calling Hillary Clinton.

The former presidential hopeful, secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady has her eye on a whole new office: executive producer.

Mrs. Clinton has teamed up with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and is poised to transform a book centered on women’s voting rights into a major TV project.

“The drama will mark Clinton’s debut as an executive producer,” the industry publication said in its report. “The expectation is that Clinton will be actively involved in the search for a writer and eventually the script, director and casting.”

The made-for-TV drama will be based on “Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote” by Elaine Weiss, a new book which centers on activists spent decades fighting for the 19th Amendment, which was ratified in 1920 and ensured women could vote.

The Hollywood Reporter speculates that the final product, which also could be adapted into a series, likely will show up on HBO, Showtime or Netflix.

“At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box,” Mrs. Clinton said of her new project. “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.”

Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the author Ms. Weiss “was struck by the parallels between the women’s suffrage movement and the 2016 presidential election between Clinton and Donald Trump” — and personally made sure Mrs. Clinton got a copy.

A little acting is also in the cards. Mrs. Clinton herself will guest star in an episode of CBS’ “Madam Secretary” this fall.

Other high-profile Democrats also have new Hollywood connections.

“Barack and Michelle Obama recently inked a multiple-year deal to produce films and series with Netflix and as Bill Clinton is adapting his novel ‘The President Is Missing’ with James Patterson as a scripted drama for Showtime,” the Hollywood Reporter noted.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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