Tom McCarthy to Direct Catholic Church Scandal Drama

     October 18, 2012


It turns out that Win Win director Tom McCarthy has already been working on his next film for a year.  Variety reports that McCarthy will direct an untitled Boston Globe project, which centers on the Globe journalists who uncovered the Catholic Church’s extensive cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts.  Obviously due to the material’s touchy subject matter McCarthy wanted to keep the film under wraps for as long as possible, so he’s been working on the film in secret for the past year.

Producers have secured the life rights to the Pulitzer Prize winning journalists from the Boston Globe, including editor Marty Baron who was spurred to action when he came across a story of a Boston priest who had molested children.  The resulting investigation found that Cardinal Bernard Law had been hiding years of serial abuse by moving the offending priests around from one parish to another, where the abuse often continued.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

Per Variety, the pic is said to be in the vein of All the Preseident’s Men, with The West Wing scribe Josh Singer onboard to write the script.  Singer served as a writer on the final three Aaron Sorkin-less years of the political television series, so hopefully we’re in for a talky drama that deals with these serious issues in a straightforward manner (a la All the President’s Men).  McCarthy previously wrote and directed The Station Agent and The Visitor and pitched in on the script for Pixar’s Up, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.  The project has yet to go out to studios or casting agencies, but Variety notes that at least one A-list star has expressed interest in the material.


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