George Santos may have sashayed away from Congress, but Hollywood is anything but done with him. For better or probably worse, there’s going to be a movie about his antics.
Since the all-American stunt queen’s Friday expulsion from the House of Representatives, he’s been the center of Saturday Night Live’s latest cold open (played, as usual, by one Bowen Yang) and seemingly agreed to an interview with Ziwe. Next stop: a biopic.
Deadline reports that HBO Films has picked up the rights to Mark Chiusano’s new book The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos. Although the book came out just last Tuesday, HBO has wasted zero time. The film will be produced by former Veep and Succession executive producer Frank Rich and Bad Education writer Mike Makowsky.
According to its official description, the film “tells the story of a seemingly minor local race that wound up a battle for the soul of Long Island, and unexpectedly carved the path for the world’s most famous (and now disgraced) congressman. It follows 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.”
Although a director and cast for the film haven’t yet been announced, we can rest assured knowing that its creative team will have no shortage of stranger-than-fiction Santos tales to inspire them. Will we get to see Santos’ early drag days in Brazil, performing under the pseudonym “Kitara Ravache?” A Zola-style dramatization of his Twitter feud with Trixie Mattel? A shopping montage of Santos blowing his campaign funds on Hermès, OnlyFans, and Sephora? The possibilities are truly endless.
Given that Santos currently faces 23 felony charges, he’ll have to hope that whatever prison he may soon call home has an HBO subscription. And please, I beg, keep Ryan Murphy and his American Crime Story scheming away from this saga!