HBO’s planned follow-up to “Game Change” has been scrapped in the wake of five women accusing the source material’s co-writer Mark Halperin of sexual harassment during his time at ABC News.
Halperin and John Heilemann penned 2008 and 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign post-mortem novels titled “Game Change” and “Double Down” respectively, with the first turned into the acclaimed 2012 telemovie with Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain.
Penguin Press has now canceled the much-anticipated 2016 election themed third book, and HBO has issued a statement yesterday afternoon saying it’s off their slate too: “HBO is no longer proceeding with the project tied to the untitled book co-authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the 2016 Presidential election. HBO has no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company or its productions.”
CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported Wednesday night that women described Halperin as having a ‘dark side’ which allegedly included propositioning employees, unwanted breast grabbing, and pressing his erection against women. Halperin apologised in a statement to CNN on Wednesday night.