Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci in Talks to Star in Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci are all in talks to star in Tom McCarthy's “Spotlight,” which follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts, multiple individuals familiar with the prestige project have told TheWrap.
Participant Media is financing the project, which is being produced by Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust.
Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content are producing with Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. David Mizner, who brought the project to Rocklin/Faust, will consult and serve as an associate producer.
Producers have secured life rights of the Globe reporters responsible, including Spotlight Team membersMichael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr. and Globe editor Marty Baron.
When Baron saw an article in the Globe just after starting as editor about a Boston priest who had molested children, he realized a bigger story could lie behind it. He spurred a team of reporters to spend a year interviewing scores of victims and poring over thousands of pages of documents.
The Globe team eventually discovered that Cardinal Bernard Law had hidden years of serial abuse by moving guilty priests from one parish to another, where they often abused again.
The team's articles won them the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for meritorious public service and set off a tidal wave of revelations around the world.
Project, which was announced in April 2010 and described as in the vein of the classic journalism pic “All the President's Men,” is being developed inhouse and has not yet been exposed to studios or financiers. While there are no actors currently attached to the pic, at least one A-list star has expressed interest in the material.
Bradlee Jr. is the son of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who stood behind Bob Woodward andCarl Bernstein when their Watergate reporting was assailed by President Richard Nixon and his White Housestaff.