UPDATE: Fox TV Studios Not Producing NBC's Hillary Clinton Miniseries; Bob Greenblatt Says Project Still 'In Development'
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Earlier today, BWW reported that after rumors of NBC's negotiations with FOX Television Studios to produce its upcoming four-hour miniseries on the life and times of Hillary Clinton, the two companies have ended their conversation. A source at FOX told The Hollywood Reporter that talks "fell apart over deal points more than any potential fallout" politcally.
Now, Deadline.com is reporting that NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt released a statement this afternoon in response, saying: "The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time. It is 'in development', the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production. Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn't created or produced yet seem premature."
The biopic, starring Academy Award nominee Diane Lane as the former New York senator, is set to air prior to the 2016 presidential elections, and even before the script has been finalized, the project has drawn backlash from Republican critics. So much so that the Republican National Committee voted today to ban NBC and CNN from hosting 2016 primary debates to avoid a conflict of interests.
The series will reportedy not include the Monica Lewinsky Scandal that rocked the second term of Hillary's husband, former President Bill Clinton. As BWW previously reported, the series will feature Clinton's "successful 2000 Senate race, her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries, her time as secretary of state and her role in the Benghazi debacle."