Showtime says it has acquired the rights to adapt as a series "The President is Missing," a novel former U.S. President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson are penning together.

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The fictional thriller is set to be published next June.

"I'm really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim," Clinton said in a statement Friday. "And I can't wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life."

"Bringing 'The President is Missing' to Showtime is a coup of the highest order," Nevins added.

"The pairing of President Clinton with fiction's most gripping storyteller promises a kinetic experience, one that the book world has salivated over for months and that now will dovetail perfectly into a politically relevant, character-based action series for our network."

"The White House is such an exciting world to explore and is made even more so with the unique insights of a former president," Patterson said. 

"Rich storytelling opportunities for this series abound."