A screenplay about the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal at Fox News by the Oscar-winning writer of The Big Short has passed a key hurdle on its path to production.
According to TheHill.com, the prospective film has signed a production deal with Los Angeles-based Annapurna Pictures and is now in search of a director.
Author Charles Randolph reportedly based the screenplay around the allegations of former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson — who sued Fox News and Ailes personally last July alleging that Ailes made inappropriate advances and then put her career on ice when she rebuffed him — as well as Megyn Kelly and other women on the Fox staff.
Last July, Carlson dropped a bombshell on the cable news world when she resigned from Fox News and announced her lawsuit. The allegations opened the door for a stream of women who say that Fox News is a kind of “frat house” environment where sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation are the norm and the Human Resources department devotes itself to protecting higher-ups and maintaining the status quo.
A miniseries based on the reporting of New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman is also reportedly in the works, but the project has yet to find a network home.