{Exclusive} Michael Keaton Circling Good Universe Political Drama “Citizen Ward”


〉 NBC News SVP Noah Oppenheim wrote the script, pitched as The Newsroom meets Network.

Spotlight star is circling the lead of Good Universe’s political drama . The film comes from a script by Noah Oppenheim.

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.

will oversee for Good Universe, along with . will produce for Management 360.

Keaton, who starred in past two Best Picture winners – Spotlight and Birdman – has seen a resurgence in his as of late through his careful selection of strong, character-driven roles. Among his numerous upcoming , 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 : Allegiant, he is perhaps best known as the Emmy-winning 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 with Natalie Portman set to star as the titular former First Lady.

Trumbo director was previously attached to the project, though his involvement is still in question due to potential 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.

Keaton is repped by , and .
Oppenheim is repped by and .


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