Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams are set to lead an all-star cast in an upcoming drama from Open Road, Participant Media, eOne, and Anonymous Content. Titled Spotlight, the film will be based around the Boston Globe newspaper investigation that uncovered a cover-up in the Catholic Church, a cover-up which allowed pedophile priests to prey on children for years. Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are also set to star.
According to Deadline:
The title refers to the Spotlight Team of Boston Globe reporters and editors that uncovered an unimaginable citywide conspiracy to cover up clergy child abuse. That investigative team included then-Globe editor Marty Baron (Schreiber) and Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton). Reporters Michael Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams), and Matt Carroll spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by 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-ups around the world which still reverberate today.
The Boston Globe article earned the paper’s team a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003.
Thomas McCarthy, who penned The Visitor, co-wrote Pixar’s Oscar-winning film Up, and wrote his directorial debut Win Win, is set to helm Spotlight. He’ll be co-writing the film’s screenplay with Josh Singer, who is best known for his writing work on TV’s The West Wing and last year’s Julian Assange-film The Fifth Estate.
This is certainly shaping up to be pretty big. The impressive cast working on potentially controversial subject matter has this on our list of films to keep an eye on. Filming begins in Boston and Toronto in the fall (U.S. season).