The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph has set up a movie at Annapurna Pictures that is a fact-based drama on the hot-button subject of sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically at Fox News. He has been pitching the project around town for the past two weeks, and sources say recently deposed Fox News chief Roger Ailes is a substantial character in the film, along with the newswomen who lobbed accusations at him, which he has denied. The controversy began when Gretchen Carlson sued for sexual harassment — Fox News eventually settled and paid her $20 million with a formal apology — and while Ailes initially circled the wagons at the news network he built, numerous other women came forth with similar stories. He resigned under pressure. When Randolph’s project was shopped, the discussion was that Amy Adams possibly might play Ailes’ wife. All of these will be characters in the drama that is an ensemble similar to the structure of The Big Short.
Randolph and Margaret Riley are attached as producers.
This is the second fact-based polemic drama to find footing; Adam McKay, with whom Randolph shared an Oscar for writing The Big Short, just set at Paramount a movie about former Vice President Dick Cheney. On the TV side, Ailes already will be the subject of a limited series from Oscar-winning Spotlight co-writer/director Tom McCarthy, Blumhouse Television and journalists Gabriel Sherman and Jennifer Stahl based on Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room.
Annapurna seems the ideal place for this project. It is run by a strong woman in Megan Ellison, and she has not shied away from provocative projects such as the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Zero Dark Thirty and the Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.
Randolph is repped by CAA and Lighthouse Management and Media.