HBO Planning “Wag the Dog” TV Series

Director Barry Levinson is set to helm a TV series adaptation of his own 1997 political satire feature “Wag the Dog”.

David Mamet penned the original which starred Robert De Niro as a political strategist who hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to craft a fictional war to draw attention away from the president’s sexual harassment scandal. Hoffman and Mamet scored Oscar nominations for their work.

The new take will shift from politics to the business, entertainment, and non-profit worlds where: “nothing is off limits to a small group of operators when it comes to manufacturing reality. Fake news is so yesterday.”

Feature scribe Rajiv Joseph (“Draft Day”) will pen the adaptation and, should it go to pilot, Levinson will direct. He’ll also executive produce the series alongside De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh, Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana.

Source: The Live Feed