HBO is moving forward with another presidential miniseries, this time with an Oscar-winning actor onboard to star. Per THR, Sean Penn will play president Andrew Jackson in a miniseries based on Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. However, while Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks were behind HBO’s John Adams miniseries, this Andrew Jackson tale is being spearheaded by Lionsgate and the creators of the Netflix series Narcos, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, who are writing the script.
The miniseries is planned as a six-hour event revolving around the life of our nation’s seventh president, who was referred to as the “People’s President” and whose legacy involves a decisive victory in the War of 1812 (hooray!) and the spearheading of the Indian Removal Act (boo!).
Penn will star in and executive produce the series, with Meacham acting as a consultant. I’ll be curious to see if HBO nabs a single filmmaker to direct all six episodes as they did with John Adams, the entirety of which was helmed by a pre-The King’s Speech Oscar win Tom Hooper. This would certainly be a nice opportunity to get a filmmaker-driven miniseries off the ground, so hopefully Penn and Co. can find an exciting choice, assuming they go in that direction.
Filming is slated to begin in 2016, which means we probably won’t see the miniseries until 2017. HBO also has the miniseries Lewis and Clark starring Casey Affleck on tap, which started filming this summer but was halted over creative differences with the director. That’s slated to start back up again early next year.