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Get Ready for a ‘High-Concept Workplace Comedy’ About the Obama White House Years

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Barack Obama hasn’t even been out of the White House for six months and already nostalgia for what used to be has hit its zenith amongst a good portion of the country. Anonymous Content and Universal Pictures are teaming up to adapt a book proposal written by a former White House stenographer, titled From the Corner of the Oval.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book, which will be written by former stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein, will be published in 2018 after a seven-figure deal with Random House. It’ll follow a young fish-out-of-water woman who stumbles into a position as a White House stenographer, and all the friends and relationships she makes along the way while working on the Oval Office. Making a movie out of a book before the book is written isn’t actually that unheard-of — it happens a lot with upcoming young adult series and books that studios feel are guaranteed to make a splash on the bestseller lists.

Here’s the premise, according to THR:

The book doesn’t promise a revealing look inside the inner workings of the Obama administration, but focuses more on the White House as a workplace and on the relationships between the staffers.

From the Corner of the Oval follows a young woman living in Washington D.C. who is at an all-time career low when, through a twist of fate, she goes from serving cocktails to lobbyists to being hired as a stenographer in the Obama White House. The ultimate fish out of water, she stumbles into an elite world and finds herself navigating a series of misadventures in life and love.

It sounds like a perfectly good idea for a movie, with the added bonus of being kind of topical and a more than a little autobiographical. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, who produced Oscar Best Picture winner Spotlight, will be producing. No word yet on a director, cast, or release date, but if Dorey-Stein’s book is set for a 2018 release, the movie might arrive in theaters around then or soon after. Maybe it’ll be a Devil Wears Prada kind of tale, and they can get Keegan-Michael Key to play his anger-translated version of the former president.

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