Guess who’s heading to Netflix?
Hint: think ‘The West Wing’, but IRL
Yes, Netflix, yes! Who doesn't love watching reruns of fast-talking political drama The West Wing? Or any of the current TV series based on and around the US presidency such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus hilarious White House comedy Veep or Robin Wright's dark, twisted drama House of Cards? Anything to do with the storied US White House is always compelling viewing.
One of the reasons US politics is so interesting on screen is that it's often pretty close to what's happening in real life, you couldn't make these storylines up. Just this week, Vanity Fair reports US President Donald Trump has been banned by a New York federal judge from blocking people on Twitter. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, "...ruled that @realDonaldTrump cannot legally block people on Twitter," saying blocking users, "infringes their...First Amendment rights." Which is a story almost worthy of an entire movie.
However, before getting too excited about the thought of seeing Michelle and Barack Obama on screen acting in a rebooted version of The West Wing, per Variety, the Obama's deal with Netflix is for the former President and First Lady to "produce series and movies" for the streamer, not necessarily star in them.
Details on what the high-profile couple will be working on is still under wraps, but Variety reports the multi-year deal will potentially include content such as, "...scripted and unscripted series as well as docu-series, documentary films, and features."
"Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others," Michelle Obama said per Variety. "Netflix's unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership," Obama added.
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