The scandalous story about former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes’alleged sexual misconduct towards Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is headed to the big screen. The pitch from Charles Randolph was recently picked up by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures.
Randolph, who co-wrote the Academy Award-winning script for The Big Short with Adam McKay, will write the project that will focus on Megyn Kelly and the women who brought down the man once considered the most powerful in media with accusations of sexual harassment, as well as the wife, Elizabeth Tilson, who propped him up.
There were some concerns that there are no life rights connected to the project. However, the headline-making story has numerous sources considering the information about the case is in the public domain. Kelly, who boarded Fox News in 2004, revealed earlier this year that Ailes had sexually harassed her. The news came shortly after Gretchen Carlson’s similar accusations. Two days after Kelly’s accusations, Ailes resigned from Fox News and his lawyer, Susan Estrich, publicly denied the charge.
Kelly writes in her new memoir, Settle for More, about the allegations including an incident where Ailes tried to grab her repeatedly and kiss her on the lips.
Ellison and Randolph are set to produce alongside Margaret Riley.
Randolph’s previous writing credits include Love & Other Drugs, The Interpreter, and The Life of David Gale.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer