EXCLUSIVE: HBO has optioned the book Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Barton Gellman for a miniseries to be executive produced by Paula Weinstein.
The mini, which will be based on the bestselling book and the FRONTLINE documentary The Dark Side, tells the story of Richard Bruce Cheney from his early days as Donald Rumsfeld’s protégé in the Nixon administration, to the nation’s youngest Chief of Staff under President Ford, to serving as Secretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush, through two controversial terms as Vice President under President George W. Bush. According to the producers, the project will center on Cheney’s “single-minded pursuit of enhanced power for the Presidency (that) was unprecedented in the nation’s history.”
Rick Cleveland (Six Feet Under), who shared a writing Emmy with Aaron Sorkin for NBC’s White House drama The West Wing, is writing the mini, produced by Spring Creek Prods. in association with WGBH/FRONTLINE and Fair Catch Prods. Spring Creek’s Paula Weinstein and Jeffrey Levine, FRONTLINE’s David Fanning and Michael Kirk and Fair Catch Prods.’ David Kennedy are executive producing.
This is the second HBO longform project about prominent Republican party figures announced in the past few weeks. The pay cable network also has greenlit Game Change, a Jay Roach-directed movie, which follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign from his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Julianne Moore has been cast as the former Alaska governor.
Weinsetein has executive produced 2 Emmy-winning HBO mini about major political events/figures: the 2008 Recount, about the 2000 Florida recount, and the 1995 Truman. She is also exec producing HBO’s upcoming Too Big To Fail, about the 2008 financial meltdown. On screen, Cheney was most recently portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss in Oliver Stone’s W.