George Santos may no longer be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, but he may be the subject of a feature film.
On Saturday, December 2, Hollywood insiders learned that HBO Films had optioned the rights Mark Chiusano’s recent literary work, The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos. The film will reportedly take “a forensic and darkly comic look at the crazy, unprecedented congressional race on Long Island that led to Santos being elected to Congress.”
“The film tells the story of a seemingly minor local race that wound up a battle for the soul of Long Island, and unexpectedly carved the path for the world’s most famous (and now disgraced) congressman,” a description of the film provided by Deadline reads.
“It follows the Gatsby-esque journey of a man from nowhere who exploited the system, waged war on truth and swindled one of the wealthiest districts in the country to achieve his American Dream.”
Thus far, no casting decisions have been shared with the public. However, it does appear that HBO veterans Mike Makowsky and Frank Rich will write and produce the film. Makowsky previously wrote Bad Education for HBO while Rich has experience as the producer of Veep. At this time, there is no word as to when the film would be released.
Santos is hot topic of conversation at HBO and around the nation’s capital after he became the sixth member of Congress to be expelled. The U.S. House of Representatives elected to expel Santos from Congress after he was accused of several crimes, including money laundering and fraud.