Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV has optioned the rights Elaine Weiss’ “The Woman, the Hour is.” Hillary Clinton will serve as executive producer
Hillary Clinton has a new gig — that of the executive producer.
The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, together with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to adapt Elaine Weiss’ book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Struggle to Win the Vote” for the television, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Wednesday.
The book, published in March, explores how activists led a decades long fight to grant women the right to vote in America. Clinton confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday.
I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Steven Spielberg to bring @efweiss5’s book “The Woman’s Hour” on TV. It’s about the women who fought for the elections nearly 100 years ago. We stand on their shoulders, and I’m happy to lend a hand in the telling of their stories.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 1, 2018
The publication listed Amblin aims to adapt the book as a TV-movie or a limited series. And while a writer is not connected to the project, Amblin TV shop “The Woman’s Hour” premium cable or streaming platforms.
Clinton, marking her debut as executive producer, will join Amblin TELEVISION co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, as well as Weiss. The 70-year-old is expected to be actively involved in the search for a writer, director, script and cast.
“At the heart of democracy is the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss, an 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 the right to vote,” said Clinton.
“Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, ‘The Woman’s Hour” is both a page-turning drama and inspiration for everyone, young and old, man and woman, in these difficult times.
“So much could have gone wrong, but this American women would not take no for an answer: their triumph is our legacy to watch and to emulate. I am happy to work together with Elaine, Steven and everyone at Amblin Television on bringing this important project to the public everywhere.”
Sources told the magazine Weiss, an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, was inspired by the 2016 presidential election between Clinton and Donald Trump, believe that the parallel with the women’s suffrage movement.
The author, who was determined to get her manuscript in Clinton’s hands, met a bookstore owner who delivered “The Woman’s Hour” Clinton.
Sources added Clinton reportedly loved the book and found it a worthy story to share on the small screen, while also creating a prominent role for women.
Clinton finally met Weiss for calling in the Hollywood film maker, a well-known supporter, who brought in Amblin TV.
It was lovely to spend some time with the team of @MadamSecretary on the set in Brooklyn with a couple of ex-colleagues. Mark your calendars for October 7! https://t.co/8GdHBx4T7Q
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 24, 2018
This is not the first time that Clinton has exercised the television. She will also guest-star in the upcoming fifth season of CBS’ “Madam Secretary” with Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright.
During the episode does not air until October, the fans already have some information about the guest stars’ roles.
“In the episode, Secretary of state Elizabeth McCord, played by Tea Leoni, turning to the former secretaries of state to ask their advice on how to respond to a delicate situation”, according to the CBS.
Albright, who previously played himself in a second season episode, took to Twitter in July to share the news.
“It was great to be back on the set of @MadamSecretary with @tealeoni,” she shared. “It is always nice to consult with my successors. The episode will air on #CBS on October 7.”
Clinton also took the time to tweet about her guest appearance.
“It was great to spend some time with the team of @MadamSecretary on the set in Brooklyn with a couple of ex-colleagues,” she wrote. “Mark your calendars for October 7!”