CBS nears deal on James Comey memoir miniseries
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that CBS TV Studios is entering final negotiations to bring the James Comey memoir A Higher Loyalty to the small screen in a miniseries format.
Published in April 2018, the memoir tells the story of James Comey and his untold experiences through his two-decades career in the federal government, including four years as the director of the FBI from 2013-17, receiving his appointment from Barack Obama. Comey took the title from claims that he was told by Donald Trump in a private meeting to keep a personal loyalty to Trump during the investigation into Michael Flynn, while Comey chose to hold himself to a “higher loyalty” to justice and the truth.
The miniseries will be penned by Billy Ray, known for having written the screenplay or Captain Phillips, while helping co-write the screenplays for State of Play, The Hunger Games and the upcoming action horror film Overlord, set for a Nov. 9 release, and second Terminator reboot, set for a Nov. 15, 2019 release.
Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer of CBS series Hawaii Five-0 and Star Trek: Discovery, will be executive producing the series through his studio Secret Hideout alongside Shane Selerno and his studio The Story Factory. Kurtzman recently signed a lucrative deal with CBS TV Studios for current seasons and future series, including a second upcoming Star Trek series for streaming service CBS All Access with Patrick Stewart reprising his role of Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
CBS TV Studios has not released any further comments on the deal, nor has a network been announced for the miniseries.