Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg team up for TV drama about women's right to vote

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Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg (Photo: Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg (Photo: Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton may have lost her shot at the Oval Office, but as her new project illustrates, that doesn’t mean she’s finished with politics — or with partnering with world-famous power players.

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Clinton will be guest starring as herself on the Oct. 7 season premiere of Madam Secretary (alongside other former real-life secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell), The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that the 2016 presidential candidate will be executive-producing an adaptation of Elaine Weiss’s book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote alongside none other than Steven Spielberg.

Clinton, who won a Grammy for the spoken word adaptation of her book It Takes a Village, could be in play for an Emmy Award as she makes her first foray into executive-producing on the prestige project, and she’ll be teaming with Spielberg’s Amblin Television to bring Weiss’s book to the small-screen, either for a cable network like HBO or Showtime, or a streaming platform such as Amazon or Netflix (the latter of which recently signed a huge production deal with Barack and Michelle Obama).

The Woman’s Hour centers on a topic close to Clinton’s heart, recounting women’s arduous decades-long fight to secure the right to vote — a battle that ended with ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. THR reports that Weiss was determined to get her book into Clinton’s hands, given the parallels between its historical story and the 2016 election. And once she achieved that feat, Clinton was enthusiastic about getting it produced, and will now reportedly be involved in the writing and casting process.

In a statement, Clinton said, “At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss’s unforgettable book tells the story of the female leaders who — in the face of towering economic, racial and political opposition — fought for and won American women’s right to vote. Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, The Woman’s Hour is both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and old, male and female, in these perilous times. So much could have gone wrong, but these American women would not take no for an answer: their triumph is our legacy to guard and emulate. I am thrilled to be working with Elaine, Steven and everyone at Amblin Television on bringing this important project to audiences everywhere.”

There’s currently no timetable for The Woman’s Hour’s release.

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