Disney Dumps Hillary Clinton Series 'Rodham’ after Two Years in Development
Twice failed presidential candidate shunned by streaming service
Disney-owned Hulu has taken a hard pass on Hillary Clinton’s new series ‘Rodham’ after two years in development.
Variety reported that Hulu had axed its planned dramatic series after nearly two years in development.
20th Television, which is producing the series, is reportedly shopping the project to other streamers, with stars Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning expected to play Clinton at different stages of her life.
The decision not to proceed with the show comes as a surprise as the streamer is the home of the four-part documentary Hillary (2020), featuring a lengthy sit-down interview with the twice-failed presidential candidate.
Rodham is based on the 2020 Curtis Sittenfeld novel that imagines what would have happened if the young Hillary Rodham had never married Bill Clinton.
In the novel, Hillary becomes a Northwestern University professor and eventually runs for president in 2016.
The series is being written and produced by Sarah Treem, who was behind the Showtime series The Affair.
Hillary Clinton has attempted to make inroads in Hollywood, launching a production company with her daughter, Chelsea.
Their company is focused on producing “stories by and about women.”
The news comes just weeks after streaming service Netflix canceled the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s animated series.
As Neon Nettle reported:
The series, called “Pearl,” was announced last year and is one of the many projects that Netflix is now dropping, the BBC reported.
Netflix had partnered with Archewell Productions, which is the company formed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Markle was initially been announced as the executive producer of the animated series.
“Pearl” was going to be centered on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women from throughout history.
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” Markle said last year when the series was first announced, Deadline reported.
“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”