In a timely move, Tom McCarthy, director of this year’s Best Picture winner Spotlight, and Jason Blum, known for producing horror films, are teaming up for an untitled miniseries on the former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Gabriel Sherman’s 2014 biography of Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room, will serve as source material for the series.
Ailes became CEO of Fox in 1996 and chairman in 2005 but left this past July after numerous women accused him of sexual assault. Besides the biography, Sherman wrote several articles on this for New York magazine, which the miniseries will utilize as well. Sherman and his wife, Jennifer Stahl, who collaborated with him on the biography, will both lend a hand to the series.
McCarthy is set to executive produce alongside Blum, whose production banner Blumhouse will finance the project. It is not yet known which network will secure the miniseries.
Currently, Blum is executive producer on the television shows The Jinx on HBO, South of Hell, and the game show Hellevator. His film credits span from dramas like The Reader to horror films like The Purge. He is repped by CAA.
Besides Spotlight, McCarthy is known for helming past films like The Cobbler and Win Win. Coming up, he’ll be directing the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. He is repped by Gersh.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor