(Liberty Bell) – While a Showtime miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir was originally scheduled to be released in November, after the director himself begged for a chance to influence the election, the network decided to give him a shot.
A Showtime miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir has been rescheduled to debut before Election Day, after its creator made an emotional plea for a chance to sway presidential voters.
Billy Ray is the writer and director of “The Comey Rule,” and when he learned that the series was originally set to be released after the general election, he penned a very angry letter which ultimately proved fruitful.
The letter was obtained by Deadline and reads:
I know what a disappointment this is to you. It is for me too — because while I’ve made movies about my country before, this was the first time I ever made a movie for my country. We all were hoping to get this story in front of the American people months before the coming election. And that was a reasonable expectation considering that we’d been given a mandate by the network to do whatever was necessary to deliver by May 15.
But at some point in March or April, that mandate changed. Word started drifting back to me that a decision about our airdate had been made at the very highest levels of Viacom: all talk of our airing before the election was suddenly a “non-starter.” I and my fellow producers asked for a chance to plead our case on the matter, but we were told that even the discussion itself was a “non-starter.”
Later in the letter, ray envisions billboards declaring “Comey Vs. Trump” in the height of election fervor.
“The Comey Rule” is based on former FBI director James Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty” and “more than a year of additional interviews with a number of key principals,” Showtime explains.
Just the News reports that:
The source material suggests the production will be highly critical of President Trump. Through his book and other public platforms, Comey has frequently reviled the president while justifying his own conduct throughout the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation of now-debunked allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Just one day after Ray’s letter was published by Deadline, Showtime announced that the series would air on consecutive nights September 27-28.
The network gave no reason for why this was the case, but the same day, two news stories broke about Comey’s time at the FBI, Just the News notes:
A federal appeals court ordered charges against Michael Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Adviser, to be dropped. Gen. Flynn had previously plead guilty to making false statements in connection with an offshoot of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.
In another development, declassified notes taken by anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok appeared to reveal that Comey thought Flynn’s late-2016 phone calls to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were “legit” long before federal agents quizzed Flynn on the matter.
The news further erodes Comey’s narrative related to both Gen. Flynn and the Russian investigation. Last year’s Mueller Report failed to tie Trump to impeachable acts. More recently, we learned public officials who warned cable news viewers about Trump’s alleged Russian ties confessed under oath they lacked evidence to back up their charges.