Warner Bros. Discovery-owned premium cable giant, HBO, is set to bring the tumultuous political career of George Santos to the screen. Santos, the former Representative from New York's 3rd Congressional District, recently found himself in the spotlight after being expelled from Congress. The film is being developed based on Mark Chiusano's new book, 'The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos.'
A Journey Built on Fabrication
The movie will delve into the bizarre and controversial rise of George Santos, whose political ascent was built on a web of fabrications. The film is described as a 'forensic and darkly comic look' at Santos's unexpected rise to Congress and his subsequent expulsion. It will chronicle “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.”
Behind the Scenes
Frank Rich, a former producer for HBO's Emmy-winning shows 'Veep' and 'Succession,' will executive produce the film alongside Mike Makowsky, known for the HBO film 'Bad Education.' Chiusano will also be involved as a consulting producer, adding an element of authenticity to the production.
Santos's Political Downfall
Santos, aged 35, has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of crimes such as misleading donors and unauthorized credit card charges. His expulsion from Congress by a vote of 311-114-2 marks him as the sixth member ever to be removed from the House of Representatives. The House Ethics Committee accused him of stealing from his campaign and deceiving donors. This scandal marks a significant part of Santos's political career and will be a focal point of the film.
The film is yet to be named and is currently in the early stages of development. As such, the release date and the cast are still under wraps. However, given HBO's track record with political dramas, this film promises to be an intriguing exploration of a controversial political figure.