The former first couple are launching an anti-Trump project for streaming giant Netflix.
The Obama’s have been in business with Netflix for some time now.
As CNBC reported, Netflix announced that the former first couple have signed a multiyear agreement to produce films and series for Netflix. The deal can include scripted and unscripted series, as well as documentaries and features. The content will be produced by Higher Ground Productions.
The new Obama project stems from an anti-Trump book called “The Fifth Risk,” and will be made into a reported “gloomy exposé” series for Nextflix.
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have acquired author Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book The Fifth Risk — a gloomy expose about the far-reaching ramifications of a Trump presidency — to make into a Netflix series, according to reports.
The Fifth Risk, slated for release on October 2 via W.W. Norton, details the so-called “chaos and mismanagement” that occurred inside the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and Energy during the transition period between Obama and then-president-elect Donald Trump.
Lewis claims the Trump transition team selected candidates for key agency positions that they were highly unqualified for, while some jobs still remain vacant. “One interview in the book is with John MacWilliams, who served as the Energy Department’s first-ever chief risk officer. He conveys his worries that any shortchanging in the department under Trump could lead to a nuclear-weapons accident, a potential conflict with North Korea or Iran, or an attack on the U.S. electrical grid,” according to Deadline.
In an interview with Katie Couric set for release Thursday, Lewis says his book is “a civics lesson… I did three departments, because it would be the work of many lifetimes to do the whole government, but you could do this in a fun way across the entire government.”
Press representatives for the Obamas and Lewis declined to comment on the report.
In May, Netflix announced it would partner with the Obamas to develop original content for the video streaming giant.
“President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for the streaming platform, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features,” a statement from Netflix read.