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Hillary Clinton joins Steven Spielberg for an adaptation of ‘The Woman’s Hour’

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If Hillary Clinton is worried about getting locked up, she’s not showing it. She’s moving ahead with her projects, including one that will make it to TV. She joins Barack and Michelle Obama, who have a development deal with Netflix, and husband Bill, who is adapting his book “The President Is Missing” with James Patterson for Showtime, in pursuing the medium of the moment.

Clinton is co-executive producing an adaptation of Elaine Weiss’s book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.” She’s teaming up with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television for what will be either a TV movie or a limited series about the women’s suffrage movement and the long fight to win the right to vote. No writer has been chosen yet, and no network or streamer is attached, but the project will no doubt generate interest.

“At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box,” Clinton said in a statement, “and Elaine Weiss’ 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.”


By the way, Clinton will have a cameo on an episode of CBS’s “Madam Secretary,” along with fellow former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell. It will air on Oct. 7.

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