Showtime is currently working on a limited series revolving around Teddy Roosevelt, according to Variety.
The project, which is still in its early stages, will be written by David McKenna the man behind American History X,
who will also serve as the show's executive producer.
Insiders tell Variety that the series will be a “brilliant take” on Roosevelt’s life, presented as a big epic. McKenna is said to be adapting “the real-life heroic story” of the 26th U.S. president for television in a moment in time when there is significant interest in larger-than-life political figures.
The creative team have their eye on someone for the lead role who will also serve as an exec producer, but no actor is formally attached yet.
Theodore Roosevelt, often referred to as Teddy or TR, was a soldier, author, and explorer who would later become the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republic Party, he was a leader in the Progressive Era. Despite being born with debilitating asthma, Roosevelt, embraced nature and a strenuous lifestyle. He used his welcoming personality, and world-famous achievements in politics.
He campaigned vigorously across the country, helping McKinley win reelection by a landslide on a platform of peace, prosperity, and conservatism. The assassination of President McKinley in September 1901 meant that at age 42, Roosevelt had become President of the United States, the youngest in history. Leading his party and country into the Progressive Era, he championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs.