Showtime has announced that Academy Award winner Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible films, The Usual Suspects) and Anthony Peckham (Invictus) have joined the drama series The President Is Missing, inspired by the bestselling novel by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, currently in development.
McQuarrie will executive produce with Heather McQuarrie and the book’s authors. Peckham will also executive produce and write the adaptation. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
In The President Is Missing, a powerless and politically aimless Vice President unexpectedly becomes President halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by both friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive, or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.
“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,” said Levine. “They are both extremely enthusiastic about bringing this uniquely authentic political thriller to life on Showtime.”
The President Is Missing is executive produced by Christopher McQuarrie and Heather McQuarrie and co-executive produced by Jillian Share for Invisible Ink Productions. Anthony Peckham, Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout will also executive produce.