Disgraced Ex-Rep. Katie Hill Getting the Hollywood Treatment in Blumhouse Produced Biopic

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The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss will play the disgraced former congresswoman.

Jason Blum confirmed the project late Tuesday, saying on Twitter that his team was “so inspired” by Hill’s story. Blumhouse has optioned the rights to Hill’s memoirs She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, which recounts her rise to Congress and her fall from grace, after it was revealed that she had engaged in a three-way affair involving her then-husband and a female campaign staffer.

In a statement to Deadline, Jason Blum said he took on the project “because we believe in Katie and her message of empowering women and breaking the system.”

Code Black creator Michael Seitzman is set to write the screenplay. No streamer or release date have been announced.

Hill said in a statement sent to Deadline: “Working with the talented team at Blumhouse and Michael [Seitzman], and the incredible Elisabeth Moss as the lead, is more than I ever could have imagined — I am so grateful for the opportunity and look forward to collaborating on this project.”

Moss said: “I am so honored to have the opportunity to portray Katie and to help tell her story. Her strength and work to amplify women’s voices is incredibly inspiring to me and her experiences could not be more important for us to magnify right now.”

Elisabeth Moss previously teamed up with Blumhouse on the movie The Invisible Man. The studio is behind the hit horror movie franchises Insidious and Paranormal Activity and the Oscar-winning Get Out.

Some former members of Hill’s congressional staff expressed their displeasure about the project by taking over Hill’s former Twitter account to air their complaints.

“Disappointed in so many folks – including Elizabeth Moss, @Blumhouse, & @michaelseitzman – regarding today’s announcement,” they tweeted. “What happened to Katie Hill shouldn’t happen to anyone. But, this moment requires more nuance, as Katie Hill’s story – our story – is also one of workplace abuse and harassment.”

They added: “Katie Hill is not a hero for women. We deserve heroes who embody our values even in the most difficult moments.”

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