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HBO Will Adapt George Santos Biography

George Santos, a former Republican U.S. representative from New York, might have faced expulsion from the U.S. House, but his story is far from over. It’s set to hit the silver screen in an adaptation of Mark Chiusano’s book, “The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos,” as reported by Deadline. Published by One Signal/Atria in November, the biography delves into Santos’s controversial journey, chronicling his rise and fall from grace.

Described as “well-researched” by a critic for Kirkus, the book paints a vivid portrait of Santos, who has faced accusations ranging from fabricating aspects of his biography to engaging in illegal financial activities. Despite these allegations, Santos served as a U.S. representative until his expulsion from Congress on December 1st.

The House Ethics Committee’s report, which led to Santos’s expulsion, cited “substantial evidence” of his involvement in illegal financial behavior. Currently, Santos is grappling with a federal indictment on fraud charges, with his trial scheduled for September.

Now, HBO Films is bringing this gripping tale to life on the screen, with Mike Makowsky, known for his work on “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Bad Education,” penning the screenplay. Makowsky also serves as an executive producer alongside Frank Rich, the former New York Times columnist renowned for his work on HBO series like “Veep” and “Succession.”

As the narrative unfolds from page to screen, audiences can expect a riveting exploration of power, deception, and the complex nature of American politics. George Santos’s story is not just about one man’s downfall; it’s a reflection of broader societal issues and the murky waters of ambition and corruption. With its blend of drama, intrigue, and timely themes, “The Fabulist” promises to captivate audiences and spark conversations long after the credits roll.

Contributing writer Michael Schaub pens a compelling reminder of the enduring relevance of stories like Santos’s, which serve as cautionary tales and reminders of the ever-present tension between truth and deception in the corridors of power.

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