Earlier this week, George Santos became the sixth person in all of American history to be expelled from Congress, and now HBO Films wants to make a movie about it. But it’s more than the scandal of being one of the few out of hundreds of Congress members to be booted from the job that’s secured Satnos’ story will be told by Hollywood. According to The Guardian, HBO wants to put a Great Gatsby spin on the tale, telling a story about a boy from Queens who was just trying to go after the American dream.
HBO Secures Rights To The Exposé
HBO Films has secured the rights to Mark Chiusano’s recent exposé, The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos. The book, unraveling the soaring ascent and dramatic downfall of former congressman George Santos, is slated for a movie adaptation under the seasoned guidance of Frank Rich. Rich, renowned for his executive production contributions to Emmy award-winning series such as Succession and Veep, will oversee the film project.
Chiusano, a former Newsday reporter, characterized Santos’s narrative as a “tragedy.” He highlighted the drama in George Santos’ career that no doubt is the beacon that drew HBO Films to wanting to create a movie from his life. Chiusanao explained that it was the ex-congressman’s relentless pursuit of a lavish lifestyle and fame that ultimately resulted in his expulsion from Congress due to ethics violations and criminal charges.
The pitch for the Goerge Santos movie draws comparisons to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, as both stories unfold against the backdrop of the affluent New York district that Santos once represented. Mirroring a Gatsby-esque narrative, the film will delve into Santos’s journey from obscurity, exploiting the system, manipulating truths, and deceiving one of the wealthiest districts in the nation in his distorted pursuit of the American Dream.
The screenplay for the George Santo movie, titled The Fabulist, will be penned by Mike Makowsky, recognized for his work on HBO’s crime drama Bad Education. The film promises to unveil the riveting tale of a man who, much like Gatsby, maneuvers the intricate web of power and deceit in his quest for societal ascent.
George Santos, the central figure in the upcoming movie adaptation, expelled from Congress following an ethics report and now facing criminal charges, took to Twitter on Friday night to announce his intention to file complaints against former colleagues Nicole Malliotakis, Mike Lawler, Nick LaLota, and Rob Menendez.
Priebus commented on Santos’s predicament: “True, he lied. He has a big mouth, all of these things. You know, I do think there is a concern with taking that power away from the people in the district.” He portrayed Santos as a victim of his own actions and underscored the importance of discretion in challenging times.
As HBO embarks on the production of The Fabulist, audiences can anticipate a story of ambition, deception, and the difficult pursuit of the American Dream. The George Santos movie adaptation is poised to be a compelling addition to HBO’s lineup, capturing the essence of a political era marked by scandal, intrigue, and the relentless quest for power.