EXCLUSIVE: Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison are all in talks to star in a CIA drama tentatively titled The Torture Report, which will be written and directed by The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns. VICE Studios is handling the financing for this project, which focuses on the CIA’s rendition and interrogation program following 9/11.
Back in December 2014, the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee released a 500+ page report detailing shocking accounts of extreme interrogation tactics performed on detainees, which was employed by the CIA post 9/11 during the war on terror.
Burns was previously attached to write and direct an HBO film based on investigative reporter Katherine Eban’s 2007 Vanity Fair article Rorschach And Awe, that exposed how the CIA hired two psychologists to build a torture program with the full knowledge and cooperation of the American Psychological Association. That project is no longer in development at the premium cabler.
VICE Studios is producing The Torture Report with Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Burns, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh and Kerry Orent. UTA is repping North American rights to the film.
Bening was last seen on the big screen in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and stars in the Michael Mayer-directed drama The Seagull, which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca fest. Driver, who is set to reprise his role in the next Star Wars installment, Episode IX, also has Spike Lee’s Black Klansman and the untitled Noah Baumbach project in the pipeline.
Hamm’s upcoming slate includes Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale thriller from Drew Goddard, Warner Bros.’ comedy Tag, and Amazon Studios and BBC Two series, Good Omens.
Morrison, who spent six seasons as the star of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, made her directorial debut with the film Sun Dogs, which will stream on Netflix this month, and appeared in the Sundance pic Assassination Nation.
Bening is repped by CAA and attorney Mark Gochman, Driver by Gersh, Hamm by CAA and Forward Entertainment, Morrison by CAA and Anonymous Content, and Burns by UTA.
Vice Films’ current film roster includes the Matthew McConaughey-starring comedy The Beach Bum from writer/director Harmony Korine, Lords of Chaos starring Rory Culkin which premiered at Sundance, and Mia Wasikowska’s Judy and Punch.