HBO options Dick Cheney book for TV miniseries

Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:10pm EDT
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By Lesley Goldberg

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Politics is hot at HBO.

The pay cabler, who earlier this month cast Julianne Moore as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in its upcoming television movie "Game Change," confirmed Monday that it has optioned "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" for a miniseries.

Based on the best-seller by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman, the miniseries revolves around Richard Bruce Cheney, dating back to his tenure as part of the Nixon administration, then becoming the youngest chief of staff under President Ford, through his tenure with George H.W. Bush and his son's presidency.

Producers said the miniseries will focus on Cheney's "single-minded pursuit of enhanced power for the presidency was unprecedented in the nation's history."

Rick Cleveland ("The West Wing," "Six Feet Under") is set to adapt "Angler." Spring Creek Productions and Fair Catch Productions' Paula Weinstein, who produced HBO's Emmy-winning mini "Recount," will produce with Jeffrey Levine.