(UnitedVoice.com) – Former Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is a character, there’s no doubt about it. After months of drama, lawmakers kicked him out of Congress. A movie is now reportedly in the works about his career.
On December 1, the House of Representatives voted 311-114 to expel Santos from Congress. The Republican became just the sixth member of the House to be expelled and only the third since the Civil War. The next day, Deadline announced a movie about the ex-lawmaker’s rise and fall was in the works at HBO.
The cable network optioned the rights to the new book “The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos,” written by Mark Chiusano. The novel hit shelves on November 28 and tells the story of how the former congressman flipped the Long Island district he served from blue to red. According to Deadline, the book follows the Gatsby-like rise of a man from nowhere who lied and swindled the constituents of one of America’s wealthiest districts.
Frank Rich, the executive producer of the Emmy-winning shows “Veep” and “Succession,” and Mike Makowsky, the producer and writer of the Emmy-winning show “Bad Education,” will be executive producers of the show. Chiusano will serve as a consulting producer.
Santos was sworn into office in January 2023, but prior to that, reporting revealed he’d lied about many aspects of his life, including his educational and employment history. He also told the Long Island electorate that his mother had survived the September 11th attacks, but she wasn’t even in the country at the time they took place.
The Department of Justice has indicted Santos on several charges related to the alleged theft of campaign funds, fraud, and other crimes. A House Ethics Committee report accused him of spending campaign funds on Botox, Only Fans, and other personal expenses. The report was the last straw for his colleagues.
There’s no word on when the movie will hit television screens.
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