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HBO options rights to 'Game Change' sequel about 2012 election

Mitt Romney vs. Barack ObamaWith the lengthy and contentious 2012 U.S. Presidential election now over a month behind us, are you ready to relive the whole insufferable thing all over again? HBO is betting on it by locking down the rights to Double Down: Game Change 2012, an as-yet-unwritten book about this year's campaign between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Written by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the book will be a spiritual sequel to their 2010 bestseller about the 2008 Presidential election entitled Game Change: Obama And The Clintons, McCain And Palin, And The Race Of A Lifetime. Earlier this year, Game Change was adapted into an HBO television movie starring Julianne Moore as vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as Republican nominee John McCain, and Woody Harrelson as senior campaign strategist Steve Schmidt. Scoring the highest rating for an HBO original film since 2004, Game Change debuted on March 10 to an audience of 2.1 million viewers and took home four Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Lead Actress for Moore's eerily accurate portrayal of the Governor of Alaska. Director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong are expected to return for Double Down, although it's unlikely Moore will be back since Palin was persona non grata for the majority of the 2012 race. The book is tentatively scheduled to be released in the fall of 2013 and the film adaptation would likely be produced in time for the 2016 election.

Paul RyanObviously, HBO is banking on a repeat performance from the Game Change follow-up, which will have plenty of material from which to mine a good story about the state of political discourse in America.

Let's begin casting speculation right off the bat—who would you cast as Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan?


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