Barry Levinson, who directed the 1997 film, Wag the Dog, is attached as director and executive producer of this project while in development.
As we’re 20 years in to the future, HBO wisely will be approaching this as “…an ode to the classic film but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond politics and into business, entertainment and, yes, nonprofits. 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.“
As HBO’s last political comedy, The Brink, didn’t really get off the ground how they would have liked it to, we’re guessing this is another stab at having something that can be in the same ballpark with Veep while Veep’s on hiatus.
Also, the green light of the series would further the recent trend of mining TV shows from past movies (Lethal Weapon, Dear White People, Scream). Remember, it wasn’t too long ago where “six seasons and a movie” was the dream for TV shows.