DreamWorks And Spielberg Sign Tom McCarthy To Direct And Co-Write Catholic Church Sex Scandal Film Along With Josh Singer, Report, Highlight Hollywood News
In a controversial move, DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired film rights to the story of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, THR reported on Tuesday. Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer (the upcoming The Fifth Estate movie about Wikileaks).
Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust’s Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. Participant’s Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers. Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll.
The team spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Catholic Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests and opened the floodgates to other revelations of molestation and cover-upsaround the world which still reverberate today.
For their efforts, the Globe team won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 “for its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.”
The Catholic Church has been very vocal in the past about films they see as depicting the faith in a negative light and organized boycotts of such films as The Da Vinci Code. “The Boston Globe’s coverage of the Catholic priest scandal opened the door to abigger story that had worldwide ramifications,” DreamWorks president Holly Bario. “The story of how this team of editors and reporters came to uncover the truth will make a dramatic and compelling film, especially with the talents of our director Tom McCarthy and his co-screenwriter Josh Singer on board.”
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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