Former President Barack Obama and former First lady Michelle Obama plan to adapt Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book The Fifth Risk for Netflix.
Earlier this year, the couple announced they had secured a deal with Netflix to produce original content for the streaming site. In an interview with Katie Couric on her podcast, Lewis reveals the Obamas acquired the rights to his book. In the podcast episode, set to be released on Thursday, Couric explains that the Obamas optioned the book to “come up with a series for Netflix to help people better understand the government.”
Released earlier this year, The Fifth Risk offers a scathing take on the White House under Donald Trump, chronicling chaos and mismanagement by an incompetent and unprepared administration, with a particular focus on the Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Commerce.
While the project is reportedly being explored by the Obamas and Netflix, nothing has been given the green light just yet.
Lewis himself is no stranger to Hollywood adaptations. His books Moneyball, The Big Short and The Blind Side have all been made into movies that have gone on to become Oscar contenders. Flash Boys, his book about Wall Street traders gaming the system, is currently being adapted into a movie for Netflix.
Reps for both Netflix and Lewis have declined to comment.