Showtime Sets Teddy Roosevelt Limited Series in Development (EXCLUSIVE)

Showtime is developing a limited series revolving around Teddy RooseveltVariety has learned exclusively.

The project, in early development, will be penned by “American History X” screenwriter David McKenna, who will also serve as an exec producer.

Hailing from Electus and Authentic Talent and Literary Management, the limited series will also be exec produced by Electus’ Ben Silverman and Sean Canino, plus Authentic’s Jon Rubinstein and Jason Egenberg.

Insiders tell Variety that the series will be a “brilliant take” on Roosevelt’s life, presented as a big epic. McKenna is said to be adapting “the real-life heroic story” of the 26th U.S. president for television in a moment in time when there is significant interest in larger-than-life political figures.

The creative team have their eye on someone for the lead role who will also serve as an exec producer, but no actor is formally attached yet.

The project, which Authentic brought to Electus, marks a reunion for Silverman and Showtime, as the premium cabler was home to “The Tudors” from the exec’s former Reveille Productions. Silverman is now at the helm of Electus, the company behind the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” also in the CBS family; Netflix’s “Marco Polo”; “Casanova,” which remains in contention at Amazon; and NBC’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” which just locked down another president — Barack Obama — for an upcoming guest episode, slated to air later this year.

McKenna is repped by Paradigm.

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