Rob Reiner will produce a TV show about ‘Skull and Bones’

WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 17: Movie director Rob Reiner photographed at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. on June 17, 2014. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Rob Reiner, photographed at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown on June 17, 2014.
(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Secrets, spies and scandals consistently provide the juiciest plot twists for the small screen. At least that’s what director Rob Reiner is betting on with his latest project, an untitled thriller about Yale University’s secret “Skull and Bones” society.

Set in the 1960s, the period drama centers around a doe-eyed Yalie who is recruited by the CIA to spy on the secret society. The project, still in development, will be executive produced by Reiner; producer Alan Greisman; Andrew Lenchewski, creator of USA’s “Royal Pains”; and producer Charlie Ebersol, reported Deadline Hollywood.

“Skull and Bones” is a powerful and privileged group that’s shrouded in secrecy. Allegedly only 15 members are active on Yale’s campus each year and only about 600 are living at any given time. The club didn’t allow women in until 1991. President George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are both members of the secretive club. Secretary of State John Kerry is also a Bonesman.

Conspiracy theories about the society have reached Illuminati-like levels, but card-carrying members have remained mum.

“It’s so secret we can’t talk about it,” the younger Bush told Tim Russert in 2004.

Talk about it, no. But watch it? We’ll see.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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