Showtime is wading back into political waters.
The network is developing a limited series about the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The still united project hails from Billy Ray and Shane Salerno, the duo behind the ultra-political (and once ultra-controversial) Showtime series, The Comey Rule.
Their latest, for which Showtime has ordered three scripts, is expected to explore multiple points of view, including those from both sides of the political aisle. It will examine the final days of the Trump administration, and culminate with the attack, the aftermath, and the FBI and congressional investigations. Trump himself is likely to be a character in the series, with one source suggesting Comey Rule‘s Brendan Gleeson could reprise the role, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination this year.
Ray, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, is said to have been busy doing extensive research in recent months, conferring with many who were directly involved in the events surrounding the insurrection. He’s already said to have completed the first script and intends to write and direct the entire series, as he did with Comey Rule.
Salerno, for his part, has hardly stayed quiet, politically. In fact, he spent the final months of the 2020 campaign season producing dozens of political shorts, many of which went viral, with his best-selling author-client Don Winslow. Their two-minute film on the very subject of the insurrection, which carried the hashtag #AnatomyOfCapitalAttack, has been viewed nearly 12 million times.
Ray and Salerno’s latest collaboration, a Story Factory and Wink Pictures production, was pitched across the premium cable and streaming landscape, where it’s said to have generated interest from outlets including HBO and Peacock. Showtime ultimately won out and is likely prepared to incur political backlash, as it did with The Comey Rule. Josh McLaughlin will also serve as an executive producer.