HBO is teaming with Barry Levinson and Robert De Niro on a small screen version of Wag the Dog.
In case you don’t know Wag The Dog is a political comedy drama from 1997.
Here is the synopsis: Two weeks prior to reelection, the United States president lands in the middle of a sex scandal. In need of outside help to quell the situation, presidential adviser Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) enlists the expertise of spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), who decides a distraction is the best course of action. Brean approaches Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to help him fabricate a war in Albania — and once underway, the duo has the media entirely focused on the war.
Barry Levinson who produced and directed the film 20 years ago is now in works with HBO to transform it into a half-hour comedy series.
HBO describes the series as “an ode to the classic film, but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond politics and into business, entertainment, and yes, non-profits. In the 21st Century with the tools of social media at their hands, nothing is off limits to a small group of operators when it comes to manufacturing reality. Fake news is so yesterday.”
Levinson is attached to direct the series and executive produce with Tom Fontana via their Levinson/Fontana Co. Jason Sosnoff also is an executive producer.
Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day, Army of One) will pen the adaptation and also exec produce with de Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh via De Niro’s Tribeca Productions. David Brock will serve as consultant.