Michael Wolff's explosive behind-the-scenes book about US President Donald Trump, 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,' is heading for television, Hollywood publications have reported.

Hollywood entertainment company Endeavor Content has bought the rights to the best-selling book and plans to adapt it for a television series, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said.

The series will be offered to various networks.

No casting or air date has been set but the announcement set off speculation about who would play some of the key figures in the White House.

'Fire and Fury' portrays a chaotic White House in Mr Trump's first year as president, based on extensive interviews with Mr Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon and others.

Author Michael Wolff will be executive producer

It was published ahead of schedule to protect it from the threatened legal action by the White House.

The book characterised Mr Trump as unstable, inept and unprepared to be president.

Mr Trump responded on Twitter that Wolff was "a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book".

However, Mr Wolff has said he stands by everything contained in the book.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety both said Mr Wolff would be executive reporter of the series.