After two years in development at streaming giant Hulu, Hillary Clinton’s project “Rodham” has been given the no-go by the platform execs. The news comes as the television industry gathers for the upfront presentations from some of media’s major content players.
Hulu has passed on “Rodham,” writer-producer Sarah Treem’s adaptation of the 2020 Curtis Sittenfeld novel that’s been in development at the streamer since summer 2020. But 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. In the package, Treem will write and executive produce, and James Ponsoldt will direct, with “Handmaid’s Tale” producer Warren Littlefield’s Littlefield Co. behind it.
“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.
Hulu has officially passed on 'Rodham,' a project that envisioned an alternate universe in which failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton never married prolific philanderer Bill Clinton.
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 16, 2022