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George Santos’ ‘Gatsby-esque’ journey is getting the Hollywood treatment

Producer of Veep and Succession is now working on bringing the story of serial fabulist ex-congressman Mr Santos to life on the big screen

Gustaf Kilander
Washington, DC
Monday 04 December 2023 14:32 GMT
Related video: George Santos expelled from US House of Representatives in landslide vote

The stunning rise and fall of serial fabulist George Santos is already being made into a film.

HBO Films has obtained the rights to the new book The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos by Mark Chiusano, which was published on 28 November, according to Deadline.

A film based on the book is now in development and is described as “a forensic and darkly comic look at the crazy, unprecedented congressional race on Long Island that led to Santos being elected,” the outlet reported.

It tells the story of Mr Santos’s local Long Island race for Congress, his rise to fame and his swindling and lying to get there.

“It follows the Gatsby-esque journey of a man from nowhere who exploited the system, waged war on truth and swindled one of the wealthiest districts in the country to achieve his American Dream,” Deadline reported.

Frank Rich, who produced the political satire Veep and the Murdoch empire-inspired Succession series on HBO, is bringing the story of Mr Santos to the big screen as one of the executive producers.

Mike Makowsky, the writer and producer of Bad Education, wrote the film and is also an executive producer, while Mr Chiusano is a consulting producer.

Disgraced former US Representative George Santos (REUTERS)

Mr Santos was expelled from the House on Friday after almost half of all Republicans joined with Democrats in backing his ouster.

In total, 311 members voted to remove Mr Santos, easily crossing the two-thirds threshold of 290 – 114 members voted against his removal, two voted present, and eight didn’t vote.

The booting of Mr Santos came almost a year after stories of his lies began to appear in the press, initially in the North Shore Leader and The New York Times.

After surviving two previous motions to expel him, the third time was the charm for the 35-year-old – following an investigation by the House Ethics Committee which found “substantial evidence” that he violated federal law.

Mr Santos, who was also previously indicted on several felony charges, including wire fraud and identity theft, is only the third Member of Congress to be removed since the Civil War and the only one to be booted without first having been convicted of a criminal offence. He has denied all wrongdoing.

The initial revelations of Mr Santos’s fibs and lies came shortly after his 2022 election victory before he had even been sworn in to Congress, when it emerged he had made up large parts of his resume and background.

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