Oscar-winner Adam McKay continues to add to his list of projects with purpose as he has joined CROOK COUNTY as an executive producer, with Brooklyn actor Emory Cohen attached to star. The film is written and directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly.
The script is based on a true story as it follows a whistleblower’s harrowing journey into an undercover FBI operation in 1980’s Cook County, Illinois, sending him toe-to-toe with corrupt judges, hustling defense attorneys, and Chicago mobsters; and ultimately resulting in the largest number of convictions of government officials in the history of the United States.
Treehouse Pictures is full financing the project which was on the 2015 Black List. Treehouse’s Justin Nappi and Juliet Berman will produce alongside Linda McDonough and Kevin Messick, while Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell and Valerie Van Galder executive produce with McKay.
McKay won raves and awards for co-writing and directing the politically focused The Big Short, and his current projects continue to show his passion for depicting true stories of corruption. He is set to direct a film surrounding former VP Dick Cheney, as well as the film Bad Blood starring Jennifer Lawrence which follows the Theranos company’s quick rise to power and equally rapid fall.
Cohen is best known for his performance in the awards season film Brooklyn but has more recently been seen in Netflix series The OA and NBC drama Smash.
Emily J | Staff Writer