HBO Is Reportedly Making A George Santos Film—Here’s What We Know

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A film described as taking a “forensic and darkly comic look” at the election of former Long Island Congressman George Santos is in the works at HBO, Deadline first reported, with the producer of Emmy-winning mega hits “Veep” and “Succession” at the helm.

Key Facts

The film will be based on the week-old book “The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos” by Newsday columnist Mark Chiusano, which was ranked as the No. 7 bestseller in Amazon’s “Political Corruption & Misconduct” genre as of Monday morning.

Mike Makowsky, The writer of crime drama “Bad Education,” will reportedly write the screenplay for the adaptation of “The Fabulist,” which was described in the official logline as a “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.”

There have been no announcements made in regards to the title of the movie, casting or release timeframe.

The HBO film won’t be the first time the Santos story has been told on screen: CBS Reports released a documentary titled “Campaign of Deceit: The Election of George Santos” in February and an ABC7 New York Eyewitness News investigation called “George Santos: The Man, the Myths, the Lessons” is available for streaming on Hulu.

Representatives for HBO did not immediately respond to Forbes’ request for comment Monday.

Crucial Quote

“An engrossing look at Santos’s rise and crashing fall. With detail and wry humor, Chiusano fillets his subject,” the Guardian wrote of “The Fabulist.” “This is a book Santos never wanted published. Truly.”

Key Background

Santos became the sixth member of the House to be expelled from Congress on Friday after more than 300 of his colleagues voted to oust him following a scathing ethics report that detailed financial misconduct, money laundering and fraud on behalf of the elected official and his campaign. The former Republican congressman is facing 23 charges in federal court over claims he directed campaign donors to contribute money to an LLC based in Florida before spending that money on personal expenses, including designer clothes, Botox and subscriptions to OnlyFans. Santos’ federal criminal counts include aggravated identity theft, falsifying records, fraud and money laundering. He has repeatedly denied all misconduct and pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, but he has not gone quietly since his expulsion. Santos on Friday and over the weekend vowed to file complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics against several of his former colleagues—Nicole Malliotakis, Mike Lawler, Nick LaLota, Bob Menendez and Brandon Williams—over alleged campaign finance missteps, stock trading behaviors and assault of employees. Just after midnight on Monday, Santos tweeted “The truth will set me free! ❤️🙏🏽” and followed it up with a post that said “#TRUTH” at about 8 a.m.

Surprising Fact

Santos on Monday morning popped up on Cameo, a website that allows people to pay celebrities and other public figures to record personal messages. Santos, whose description lists him as a “former congressional icon,” is selling a limited number of videos for $150. No videos have been publicly posted to his profile but a former Santos staffer confirmed to Business Insider the page does belong to the former congressman.

Tangent

“Saturday Night Live” took parting jabs at Santos the day after he was officially expelled. Bowen Yang, who has played the congressman on screen for the last 10 months, acted as Santos in the show’s cold open and claimed at a mock press conference Santos was being bullied “because I’m a proud, gay thief. But what else is new? America hates to see a Latina queen winning. Since the day I was elected, it’s been a witch hunt, but if I’m guilty of anything it’s for loving too much-slash-fraud.” The sketch ended with a piano parody performance of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” with lyrics like “I’m the guy who lied even too much for Donald Trump” and “My candle burned out long before I could flee to Peru.”

Further Reading

DeadlineGeorge Santos Movie In Works At HBO Films From ‘Veep’ EP Frank RichMORE FROM FORBESGeorge Santos Expelled From HouseMORE FROM FORBESGeorge Santos ‘Blatantly Stole From His Campaign’ And Could Face More Charges, Scathing House Ethics Report FindsMORE FROM FORBESHere’s Everything George Santos Has Been Accused Of Lying About





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