George Santos film in development at HBO from the makers of ‘Veep’ and ‘Succession’

Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves the Capitol after being expelled from the House of Representatives, Friday, Dec. 13. January 1, 2023, in Washington. The House of Representatives voted to expel Santos following a critical ethics report on his conduct, including converting campaign donations to his own use, making him just the sixth member in the chamber’s history to be impeached by his colleagues. Expulsion requires support from two-thirds of the House. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)
(Stephanie Scarbrough/Associated Press)

George Santos film in development at HBO from the makers of ‘Veep’ and ‘Succession’

Christi Carras

Dec. 4, 2023

Former Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) is getting the movie treatment at HBO after being fired from Congress

earlier this month last week


Warner Bros. premium cable. Discovery

Giant confirmed Monday that it has acquired the rights to author Mark Chiusano

non-fiction book

“The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Thieving, and Very American Legend of George Santos.”

The film adaptation will be helmed by non-writing executive producer Frank Rich. Frank Rich, known for his work as executive producer of the Emmy-winning TV satires “Veep” and “Succession,” is executive producing the film adaptation, but in what the company says is a non-writing capacity.

The studio has


tapped the screenwriter of “Bad Education.”

Mike Makowsky

to write and produce the photo.

George Santos is expelled from Congress as vulnerable California Republicans flip their vote

HBO’s announcement comes less than a week after Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives, making him the sixth lawmaker ever to be forced out of the House of Representatives.



The politician was ousted by his colleagues after a House Ethics Committee report found that he had lied about his background, defrauded donors and used campaign money to finance an extravagant lifestyle including Botox injections, personal trips and subscriptions to OnlyFans.

The ex-lawmaker has also been charged with crimes of bank fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and making materially false statements to the House of Representatives. He has denied wrongdoing and criticized the decision to deport him before his case goes to trial.

The HBO film, billed as a “forensic and darkly comedic” dramatization of Santos’ bid for Congress, will chronicle “the Gatsby-esque journey of a man from nowhere who exploited the system, waged war on the truth and defrauded one of the richest districts in the world. the country to achieve its American dream,” according to the project’s official logline.

Emma Stone joins the ‘SNL’ Five-Timers Club and the show says goodbye to George Santos

This isn’t the first time Hollywood has used Santos’ much-discussed saga for entertainment. The latest episode of “Saturday Night Live” opened with a humorous farewell to Santos, or rather, cast member Bowen Yang’s beloved portrayal of him.

“This whole country is just bullying me because I’m a proud, gay thief,” Yang’s Santos said during the skit. “But what else is new? America hates to see a Latina queen win.”

Times staff writer Erin B. Logan contributed to this report.


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