Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s book about Trump’s first year in office, has only been out for a few weeks, but the thing has already become a massive hit. Since its early release on January 5, the book shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list and inadvertently helped a Canadian professor make some extra cash along the way.
It also seems to have royally pissed Trump off, who immediately called the book “phony” and “full of lies”—though it’s not clear if the president has actually read the whole thing, given his general disdain for reading. Now, thankfully, it looks like Trump won’t have to worry about cracking the book open or sitting through all 12 hours of the audiobook because Fire and Fury is heading to Trump’s favourite medium: TV.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Endeavor Content has purchased the film and TV rights to Fire and Fury and plans to develop a TV series based on the book, with Wolff onboard to executive produce. It’s not clear exactly how much Endeavor paid for the book rights, but the Reporter says that the price tag was in the millions.
The project is still in its infancy and doesn’t yet have a network attached—Endeavor reportedly plans to begin shopping it right away—but it seems like demand would be high for a Fire and Fury adaptation since the closest thing we’ve got to it right now is The President Show.
Plus, all questions about the book’s factual accuracy aside, the gossipy tell-all is made for TV. Wolff paints Trump’s election and subsequent time in office like a Coen Brothers–style farce, with Bannon, Kushner, and Priebus tripping over one another for Trump’s ear, and a petulant president locking himself in a White House bedroom and accidentally leaking his own secrets to friends and acquaintances while he’s curled up on the phone.
The adaptation is still in its early stages and we’re a long way from getting anything like a cast list, but it’s still fun to imagine who might wind up playing Trump and his cronies in the Fire and Fury show. Will Ray Liotta don the double collars to play Bannon? Will Jennifer Lawrence wind up as Ivanka? What actor out there could possibly do justice to a role as insane as Donald Trump?
All guesses aside, there’s at least one casting choice that shouldn’t even be up for debate—Mike Myers has to play Wolff since the guy is a dead-ringer for Dr. Evil.