Producers Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu and their Likely Story label have acquired film rights to Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ “The World As It Is,” a bestselling memoir and first-hand account of the eight years of the Obama presidency as observed by one of his closest aides.
Likely Story plans to assemble a film to shoot next year for a 2020 release. Unlike the two previous young Obama films “Barry” and “Southside With You,” this would be the first film about the former Commander-in-Chief’s two terms in the White House.
Rhodes began working with Obama at 29, and his book covers everything from the unfolding of world history to Rhodes trying to maintain a personal life as a husband and father with such a high demand job.
Barack and Michelle Obama aren’t involved in the film, the pair having signed a lucrative Netflix deal this year.