Alone: After receiving interest from several high-profile buyers, Rachel Maddow is partnering with some of the biggest players in town on feature adaptations on her podcast. Rachel Maddow presents: Ultra. Amblin Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the podcast, sources tell Deadline Surprise Inside from MSNBC and Maddow’s production company. Steven Spielberg and Kristi McCosko Krieger will produce the film for Amblin, with Maddow and Mike Yarwitz representing Surprise Inside.
While Spielberg will currently produce the film, the director’s job is open, but insiders added that longtime collaborator Tony Kushner, (the executive producer) and Danny Strong are in talks to co-write.
UltraAn MSNBC and NBC News production, the eight-episode podcast series examines the conspiracy to overthrow American democracy 80 years ago, and the struggle inside and outside the courts to stop it. The series is executive produced by Maddow and former. The Rachel Maddow Show Producer Mike Yarvitz, and by the other side Editor Kelsey Desiderio. This is the first podcast in a series from Maddow and Yarwitt. Bag manRecipient of the DuPont-Columbia Award. It debuted at No. 1 on Apple Podcasts in October and stayed there for four consecutive weeks — and has remained in the Top 10 ever since.
Rachel Maddow presents: Ultra It is one of many projects in Maddo’s expanding portfolio across NBCUniversal platforms. After signing her new overall deal with MSNBC, where she left as host The Rachel Maddow Show Five days a week, once a week only on Mondays, Madow began zeroing in on the different areas she could focus on in this new phase of her career. With her agency WME, which she signed in August 2021, Maddow began looking at platforms for material that could serve as sources for future projects, including books, podcasts, articles and scripts. Sources close to Maddow say that while she’s been busy on that front, it’s never been about adding volume to her growing concept, but rather producing high-quality material.
Eventually she will. Ultra, she is writing and hosting. In recent months, she began meeting with a number of high-profile producers interested in adapting the show, but in the end, the feature pitch produced by Ambilin, Spielberg and Co. was hard to pass up. With Kushner and his strong will, the game just got sweeter.
While her focus is on feature adaptations, Maddow continues to look for more projects, particularly on the limited series and doc front, that fit her brand.
Maddow-hosted and Emmy-winning The Rachel Maddow Show It was the most successful show in MSNBC history when it debuted in September 2008. She currently anchors breaking news and special coverage for MSNBC.
In addition to WME, Madou is repped by Gibson Dunn.