Roger Ailes, Megyn Kelly Movie in the Works from The Big Short Screenwriter

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If you liked The Big Short, but thought it could use more of a conservative bent, then you’re in luck. According to Variety, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has landed an untitled pitch from Charles Randolph, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind The Big Short. The script will focus on Megyn Kelly and the other women who made sexual harassment claims against their former Fox News boss, Roger Ailes.

Randolph will write the script for the project while Annapurna searches for a director. Randolph’s Big Short writing partner Adam McKay recently landed a similarly interesting script at Paramount, this one about another frightening old white man: Dick Cheney.

This will be the second project to focus on the subject, following in the footsteps of a TV project from Jason Blum based on the reporting of Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a lengthy New York Magazine feature chronicling Ailes’ exit from Fox News. Ailes, once considered the most powerful man in news media, left the network after allegations of sexual assault from many current and former employees, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Randolph is coming off an Oscar victory for his work on The Big Short, an exceedingly inventive screenplay that wonderfully weaved massive amounts of exposition into a complex story. Let’s hope he can do the same here.

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