Update: Variety say DreamWorks have backed away from the project — despite McCarthy beginning to pursue Matt Damon to lead — and Warner Bros. are a likely new home. The original story can be read below.
Some two years after development commenced in secret, Thomas McCarthy‘s next project is being set up in Hollywood. Revealed in October, the effort depicts a Boston Globe-led, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals, the results of which rocked every corner of a centuries-old institution and brought about irreversible consequences. A number of comparisons to All the President’s Men, while seemingly obvious and certainly familiar, are (also) reportedly apt — likewise, so is the controversy it’s sure to court.
Unafraid of such tremors are DreamWorks and Participant Media, who THR inform us will distribute for producers Rocklin/Faust and Anonymous Content. As expected, McCarthy will direct from a screenplay he’s penned alongside former West Wing staffer Josh Singer; while it’s not stated outright, one expects, reasonably, that the man will make this his fourth feature. Casting ought to be next then, a process that requires filling in a main slate consisting of the original investigative team: Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Matt Carroll, Walter “Robby” Robinson, and Ben Bradlee Jr., whose noble action brought about the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law — and, now, brought to further light by McCarthy and DreamWorks. For just that much, this is already a project with real legs.
How do you feel about this project going forward? What kind of impact do you think it has a chance of making?
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