Pitched as The Newsroom meets Network, the story follows the chairman of a struggling network who gets more than he bargained for when he gives an idealistic maverick from Texas a chance to be the new face of nightly news.
Keaton, who starred in past two Best Picture winners – Spotlight and Birdman – has seen a resurgence in his career as of late through his careful selection of strong, character-driven roles. Among his numerous upcoming projects, Keaton set to appear in Lionsgate’s adaptation of Vince Flynn’s American Assassin and Disney’s Strangers in the Night. He’ll next be seen as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc in The Weinstein Company’s The Founder. That film, set for release in November, is already generating awards season buzz.
Screenwriter Oppenheim certainly knows his way around a newsroom. With credits that include The Maze Runner and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, he is perhaps best known as the Emmy-winning producer and current Senior Vice President of NBC News, where he is in charge of overseeing the Today show. His 2010 Black List script Jackie, another politically-driven drama, is currently in production with Natalie Portman set to star as the titular former First Lady.
Trumbo director Jay Roach was previously attached to the project, though his involvement is still in question due to potential scheduling conflicts. The subject matter and tone, however, are well within his wheelhouse, as Roach has previously helmed political dramas Recount, Game Change, and the forthcoming All The Way – all for HBO Films.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor