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Bill Clinton Going Hollywood, Turning His First Novel Into a Movie

Bill Clinton hasn't even finished writing his first novel yet, but he already has a publisher lined up, as well as a release date and plans for a national book tour.

But even more than all that, he'll be meeting with Hollywood producers sometime soon to talk about turning the book, a thriller called "The President is Missing," into a movie, the Hollywood Reporter said.

The lesson here for aspiring novelists: first become president of the United States before you think about shopping your book around.

Actually, Clinton isn't doing this fiction thing all on his own. He's teaming up wth mega-selling author James Patterson for the book, due in June 2018.

Besides authoring more than 50 novels, Patterson also has experience with Hollywood. Five of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he's served as producer on the three most recent films, the Reporter said. Another eight stories have been adapted for TV, most recently the 2015-17 CBS series "Zoo." He's also working on a CBS pilot, "Instinct," based on his book "Murder Games."

Clinton, who has previously written three non-fiction books, and his publishers, Knopf and Little, Brown and Co., announced his collaboration with Patterson earlier this week. Its story is described as a "unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama."

Clinton is known to be a big fan of thrillers and of Patterson. The two reportedly became friends while playing golf 10 years ago.

In a statement, Clinton said "The President is Missing" would focus on a sitting president and would draw "on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works."

But there is no word yet on whether the fictional president at the center of the story is a Madam President or a Mr. President, the Reporter said. ___

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