Showtime will no longer do its drama pilot The President Is Missing, an adaptation of President Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s novel by Christopher McQuarrie and Anthony Peckham.
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The network had ordered the project to be a pilot project, which was fully staffed and operational when the coronavirus pandemic stopped all production in mid-March. Given the uncertainty surrounding production amid the pandemic, Showtime has chosen not to advance the pilot.
The ViacomCBS network recently decided not to continue the previously ordered second season of On Becoming a God in central Florida, citing the impact of the pandemic-induced production delays.
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The President Is Missing pilot was supposed to identify David Oyelowo as a powerless and politically aimless Vice President who, despite all contrary wishes, unexpectedly becomes President in the middle of his administration’s first term. He is directly caught in a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy surrounding him, he is faced with a terrible decision: keep his head bowed, stick to the party line and survive, or respond to his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.
The President Is Missing, whose death was first reported by Variety, is produced by Christopher McQuarrie and Heather McQuarrie, Peckham, Clinton, Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Oyelowo, and is co-executive produced by Jillian Share for Invisible Ink Productions. Peckham wrote the adaptation.