Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg Bringing Women’s Voting Drama to TV

The former secretary of state is teaming with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to bring Elaine Weiss’ critically acclaimed book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote to the small screen. The drama will mark Clinton’s debut as an exec producer.

The book, published in March, follows the activists who led the decades-long fight to grant women the right to vote and sheds light on how close the battle to ratify the 19th Amendment really was. The book celebrates those who changed history and laid the foundation for the civil rights movement that came decades later.

After optioning the book, Amblin plans to adapt it as either a TV movie or a limited series. A writer is not yet attached. Amblin TV, a division of Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, will shop The Woman’s Hour to premium cable (think HBO, Showtime) or streaming platforms (a la Netflix, Apple, Amazon and Hulu). Clinton will exec produce alongside Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and author/journalist Weiss.

“At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss’ 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’s right to vote. Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, 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,” Clinton said. “I am thrilled to be working with Elaine, Steven and everyone at Amblin Television on bringing this important project to audiences everywhere.”

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A writer is not yet attached. Amblin TV, a division of Spielberg’s Amblin Pictures, will shop the project to premium cable and/ or streaming platforms.

The project marks Clinton’s first role as executive producer. It was recently announced that the former Secretary of State, first lady and Democratic presidential nominee will guest-star in the upcoming fifth season premiere of CBS’ Madam Secretary.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.

(Excerpts) Read More at HollywoodReporter.com and Deadline.com

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