The Superfans of the two-time presidential loser, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton still, can’t accept the reality that the majority of Americans don’t want her to be the leader.
Now, they might need an alternate-universe streaming series just to watch Hillary win the race and become president. Because the universe(reality) she is in has no place for her.
Hulu, a streaming service majority-owned by The Walt Disney Company, has passed on an adaptation of “Rodham,” a 2020 novel by Curtis Sittenfeld in which Hillary never married Bill Clinton and became president anyway.
The same online streaming platform that previously aired a hagiographical documentary series titled: Hillary.
Just months after the book was published – they had already been developing a movie that lasted for two years despite the fact most of the rest of America doesn’t like her.
Variety reported on Friday:
“20th Television is still is shopping the project to other streamers, now that Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning are attached to play Clinton at different stages of her life.”
The project is being adapted by writer-executive producer Sarah Treem, with James Ponsoldt scheduled to direct, should it find a new home.
Excerpt from Variety report:
“Rodham” — published in May 2020, and a New York Times bestseller — imagined an alternative universe in which Hillary Rodham Clinton met and dated Bill Clinton at Yale Law School, but never married him. Instead of the life Clinton has actually led, in “Rodham,” she goes on to thrive as a Northwestern University professor and launches an eventual presidential run in 2016.
Real-world events — such as rape accusations against Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump as a significant figure in politics — also play out in Sittenfeld’s novel, but in vastly altered ways.
As a series, “Rodham” would span decades, with Fanning and Danes playing Clinton at different ages. Should the project land elsewhere and go forward, it would not be the first time Hillary Clinton has been portrayed onscreen in recent years. Last fall, Edie Falco played Clinton during her First Lady years in the FX series “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” Clive Owen played Bill Clinton, with Beanie Feldstein playing the role of Monica Lewinsky.
Treem was previously the co-creator and showrunner of Showtime’s “The Affair.” Her other credits include “In Treatment,” “House of Cards,” and “How to Make It in America.”
I read that predictably condescending tome at the time, which was enough to dissuade me from pursuing any more of Sittenfeld’s oeuvre. According to a 2011 Deadline piece, that novel was also slated to undergo a film adaptation, although it never made it to the screen.
If you’re wondering why perhaps you should consider the title of a 2016 New York Times interview from when the author was promoting “Eligible,” a modern update of “Pride and Prejudice”: “Curtis Sittenfeld Is No Jane Austen, but She’s O.K. With That.”
If one is to judge from “American Wife,” which was little more than lazy liberal-baiting, I can confirm both parts of that headline are aggressively true.
And yet, a fictional universe in which Hillary won the 2016 election led to more predictable media fawning over “Rodham.”
Perhaps an adaptation of Sittenfield’s novel eventually finds a home and viewers can watch an alternate reality where this infamous October 2016 tweet actually came to pass:
Happy birthday to this future president. pic.twitter.com/JT3HiBjYdj
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2016
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