It's not enough that Donald Trump has managed enough appearances in fictional settings as himself to guarantee himself a plush slot in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame; now he'll be fictionalized totally and played by an actor in a TV movie.
ABC has given the go-ahead to an unauthorized movie about the real estate mogul, who is enjoying something of a career and popularity resurgence in his role as host of NBC's hit series "The Apprentice."
"Donald Trump is the American version of royalty," said Quinn Taylor, senior vp movies and miniseries at ABC. "He's probably one of the most fascinating and intriguing men certainly of my generation who has continually kept himself at the top of his game. That he was able to do it is worth exploring."
Trump will not be involved in the as-yet-untitled project, which is based on Gwenda Blair's business-oriented book "The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire."
Taylor added that the movie will cover the past 25 years or so in Trump's life, but will not include details on "Apprentice," which does air on a competing network.
So much for Television Without Borders. Oh, well. It would have been fun to see a fictional version of Omarosa!
Casting will begin immediately, and the project could go into production as early as March, Taylor said, adding that no airdate has been set.