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Former President Bill Clinton's history is being dug up for a scripted drama series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the History channel has greenlighted a six-part series from Emmy winner R. J. Cutler titled 'The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton'.
The series is described as a "political thriller" that offers an extremely detailed account of how the Monica Lewinsky scandal unfolded.
The drama aims to take viewers inside the war rooms on both sides of the political aisle, the clashes amongst the president's advisors, the secret negotiations between the White House and Congress and the pressure from both sides to either push Clinton out or force him to resign.
The project is based on Peter Baker's New York Times best-seller 'The Breach: Inside the Impeachment' and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton.
While talking about the series, History exec vice-president programming Eli Lehrer said, "Featuring an array of well-known modern political figures, The Breach will bring audiences behind the scenes of an event that changed Washington forever, the first impeachment of an elected president in American history."
Adding, "This drama builds upon our core scripted programming slate of compelling, contemporary storytelling that embraces our recent history and we are confident R. J. will bring a unique vision to President Clinton's gripping story."
In addition to Clinton himself, other major players in the historic 1998 events include then-first lady Hillary Clinton, Republican politician Newt Gingrich, prosecutor Ken Starr and Congressman Bob Livingston, among others.
Cutler penned the pilot with David K.
Israel and will also direct. He will also executive produce alongside A+E Studios' Barry Jossen.
Talking about the series, Cutler noted, "Set at the dawn of the cable news wars and the social media revolution, The Breach is a remarkable political story. It's the origin tale of how our government was broken and has never really healed. It's also a thrilling tale of personal and professional ambition, of enormous hubris in the name of acquiring power and of personal foibles, all of which nearly brought down a presidency.
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