I suppose the 2016 election will always fascinate the Left as they struggle to find a reason for Hillary Clinton’s loss – other than the truth that she was a horrible candidate. Coming on the heels of the publication of Shattered, the book about the disastrous Clinton campaign, Tri-Star Television has optioned the book for a television miniseries.
The studio is eyeing Shattered as a limited series; a network is not yet attached. Sources tell THR that TriStar is eyeing premium cable networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz as well as streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
I can imagine from everything I’ve ever read about Hillary’s language that they’ll need to go to premium cable.
The report is that the television producers are taking a different angle with the series: instead of focusing on the facts as portrayed in the book, the television production would be framed “like a Greek tragedy” seeking to “answer what happened that led to her defeat.” (Because the real story just isn’t enough for them.)
Here’s the thing about the book and potential miniseries: the Clinton camp disputes the account in Shattered.
In a post on Medium, Christina Reynolds, a deputy communications director for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, expressed dissatisfaction with the book’s portrait of the campaign.
“It’s hard to read a depiction of the campaign that paints a dedicated, cohesive team as mercenaries with questionable motives who lacked a loyalty to a candidate described as ‘imperial’ and removed from the campaign,” Ms. Reynolds wrote.
The book’s assertions of campaign infighting and dysfunction — and the notion that Mrs. Clinton was at times befuddled by the frustration and resentment expressed by voters — cast an unflattering light just as Mrs. Clinton has re-emerged in a series of public appearances.
I don't recognize the campaign depicted in Shattered. It was tough but we stuck together & all our proud of how hard our candidate fought. https://t.co/fJMeYtS0PK
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) April 19, 2017
I’m about as enthused about a Hillary Clinton TV series as I am about the book itself – which is about as thrilling an idea as surgery without anesthesia. But one question looms: who would play Hillary?