History has ordered Bill Clinton impeachment drama THE BREACH to series, the cable network announced Thursday.
The six-part scripted drama will purport to be a day-by-day, and sometimes hour-by-hour, account of one of the most politically charged chapters in American political history, featuring characters like Monica Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton, Ken Starr and Newt Gingrich.
“Featuring an array of well-known modern political figures, The Breach will bring audiences behind the scenes of an event that changed Washington forever – the first impeachment of an elected president in American history,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming of History, in a statement. “This drama builds upon our core scripted programming slate of compelling, contemporary storytelling that embraces our recent history and we are confident R.J. will bring a unique vision to President Clinton’s gripping story.”
Based on Peter Baker’s New York Times bestseller, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, the series will be executive produced and directed by R.J. Cutler and is from FremantleMedia North America in association with A+E Studios. David K. Israel wrote the pilot. Barry Jossen will also serve as an EP.
This would mark the first time the Clinton sex scandal has been adapted into fiction. Ryan Murphy is also planning a future adaptation of the events for his American Crime Story anthology series.