Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who resigned from the cable news network following allegations of sexual harassment and the Murdoch family’s involvement, is getting his own television miniseries. Well, kind of, as there’s a new television project in the works about Ailes, but it won’t involve the ex-media titan. Or at least he probably won’t be willing to participate, as reporter Gabriel Sherman’s book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, and subsequent reporting will serve as its chief sources. That, and the minds behind the Academy Award-winning Spotlight and the the not-so-Oscar-friendly Purge films are involved, too.
According to the New York Times, writer-director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and producer Jason Blum (The Purge, as well as Whiplash and The Jinx) will executive produce the untitled project. Meanwhile, Sherman — whose work reportedly annoyed Ailes so much he wanted to “send people to beat the sh*t out of” him — will offer his published writings and journalistic expertise to the miniseries. His wife and book collaborator, Jennifer Stahl, will also contribute.
Seeing as how McCarthy and Blum’s developing collaboration was just announced at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, no network partner has been announced. Nor would a spokesperson for Blumhouse, Blum’s production company, say whether or not Fox News corporate sibling FX was a possible contender. However, if the untitled Roger Ailes miniseries producers were to sell their property to FX, perhaps American Crime Story alum John Travolta would take part in the ensuing menagerie.
(Via the New York Times)