Next: George Santos, the Movie

HBO project is based on book published last week
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2023 11:15 AM CST
HBO Plans 'Darkly Comic' Film About George Santos
Republican Rep. George Santos, center, is sworn in with House colleagues on Jan. 7.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The "Gatsby-esque journey of a man from nowhere who exploited the system, waged war on truth and swindled one of the wealthiest districts in the country to achieve his American Dream" sounds worthy of a movie. Or so figures HBO, which is developing a film based on the political rise of Rep. George Santos, who was kicked out of Congress on Friday. It will be based on The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos, a book by Mark Chiusano that was published just Tuesday, Deadline reports.

As the book title might foreshadow, HBO plans what it calls a "forensic and darkly comic look" at the Republican's ascent through his successful House campaign in a Long Island district. Frank Rich, who brought HBO Veep and Succession, is behind the project, per the Hollywood Reporter. No release date was provided. Saturday Night Live gave the exiled officeholder a sendoff, per the Hill, which ended with Bowen Yang as Santos singing, "It seems to me like I've lived my life like a scandal in the wind." (More George Santos stories.)

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