The network is preparing a four-hour biopic, "Hillary," that will star Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of State. The miniseries will probably air sometime before 2016, when many political veterans expect Clinton to make another
"We just closed the deal and haven't even written the script," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters Saturday at the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills. He added that the role of former President Clinton has yet to be cast.
The miniseries will be written and directed by Courtney Hunt (
TV treatments of political figures have sometimes proven explosive.
"Hillary" is just part of a major NBC plunge back into miniseries programming after years of largely ignoring the genre. The network also plans "
Other miniseries in development include a four-hour retelling of the thriller "Rosemary's Baby" - most famous for the movie version starring Mia Farrow - and producer
NBC is already working with Burnett on a sequel to his "The Bible" miniseries, which delivered huge ratings for History.
"We need to be in the event business," Greenblatt said.
Asked about NBC and other networks not receiving any nods in the
While noting that NBC's ratings dipped sharply earlier this year, he said the network nevertheless saw its most competitive season in nearly a decade. "At this point in our business, flat is the new up," he told reporters.