Though both Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump took office after first spending some time in Hollywood, it's more rare for a U.S. president to dip his toe in the entertainment industry after leaving the Oval Office. But that's about to change. According to The New York Times, Michelle and Barack Obama are currently in talks to sign a development deal with Netflix.
The former president and first lady would reportedly be tasked with creating multiple "high-profile shows" that would focus less on responding to the rhetoric of Trump and his supporters and more, per an unnamed source close to the deal, on highlighting "inspirational stories." So if you loved Obama's appearance on David Letterman's Netflix talk show in January, start making some room in your queue.
"President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire," Eric Schultz, one of Obama's former senior advisers, told the Times. "Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories."
The Times reports that one possible show idea would feature Obama facilitating conversations about the still-divisive topics and issues that he focused on during his time in the White House, like health care, immigration, and climate change. Another potential program might show Michelle further exploring the causes she championed while in office, including nutrition. Besides content starring the Obamas themselves, according to the Times, the couple might also endorse and/or produce other documentaries and fictional shows.
Since leaving office, though they've certainly stepped back from the spotlight a little, the Obamas have remained active and outspoken citizens. In recent months, they've commented on gun control, increased representation in the entertainment industry, and civic engagement. And there's plenty more where that came from: After the couple signed a $65 million book deal last year, Michelle's memoir is already scheduled to be released in November 2018.