Paramount and Trevor Noah are teaming up for remake of The President’s Analyst, a political comedy initially made in 1967.
Pat Cunnane, who served for six years as President Barack Obama’s senior writer and deputy director of messaging at the White House, wrote the script for the project, which is being developed as a potential star vehicle for Noah.
The comedian and The Daily Show host is producing the feature with Haroon Saleem, his partner at the duo’s Day Zero Productions.
Also producing are Norman Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt and Sanaz Yamin Mainstay Entertainment.
The 1967 movie starred James Coburn as a psychiatrist chosen to act as the President’s top-secret therapist. As the President unloads his troubles on the psychoanalyst, the man begins to crack under the strain of all the secrets, becoming paranoid that agencies, both foreign and national, want what’s inside his head. It’s not a spoiler to say his fears turn out to be real.
The movie tried to capture the zeitgeist of the times, from mod culture, British pop, Cold War and mind-altering drugs. While a commercial failure, it later gained a cult following.
Details for the new take are being kept under the couch but it is described as a re-examining the 1967 satire through the lens of the contemporary political landscape.
Gabby Nowack is overseeing the project for Day Zero.
After working with Obama, Cunnane wrote the comedic memoir West Winging It before moving to Los Angeles, where he served as a writer on the Kiefer Sutherland-starring show, Designated Survivor.
Noah has been the host of Daily Show since 2015, garnering numerous Emmy nominations over the years for his work skewering politics and interviewing figures from the worlds of art and government. He also wrote the best-selling memoir, Born a Crime.
Analyst marks the second feature project with Paramount for Noah, who has an overall deal with parent company ViacomCBS. He is developing an untitled comedy, based on his original idea, for Paramount Animation.
Noah is repped by CAA, Mainstay Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson. Cunnane is repped by CAA, Heroes & Villains Entertainment and Jackoway Austen.