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The tantalizing spectacle of Fox Television Studios producing a Hillary Clinton miniseries for NBC has been canceled, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
It was reported last week that Fox, also the home of the cable news channel with conservative-leaning programs, might produce the planned four-hour miniseries to be written and directed by Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) and to star Diane Lane.
The Republican National Committee voted Friday to ban NBC and CNN from hosting 2016 primary debates over concern that projects in the works might glorify Clinton. (CNN is planning a documentary about the former first lady and secretary of state.)
The NBC project, first announced by entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt at the Television Critics Association confab in July, also has caused internal strife at the network. NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd and others have raised concern that the drama could damage the news division’s reputation.
But a source at Fox says the negotiation fell apart over deal points more than any potential fallout.
In a statement to THR, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt noted: “The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time. It is ‘in development’, the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production. Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature.”
Fox TV Studios did not respond to a request for comment. NBC declined comment.