A high-profile project focusing on Roger Ailes, with the Fox News boss to be played by John Lithgow, is no longer going forward at Annapurna Pictures, Deadline reports, with the news coming just days before production on the Jay Roach feature was to start.
“Word is the production cost of $35 million was soaring upwards from that point, and for this film to be realized in the way that the filmmakers want it, they’re now considering Focus Features and co-financier Participant Media,” Deadline reports. “Other sources contend that there were other reasons than budget in regards to why the Ailes project didn’t come together at Annapurna. BRON Studios continues to stay aboard as co-financier. Amblin was rumored to be in the mix, but that is no longer the case.”
The report quotes a statement from BRON Studios saying: “BRON Studios is thrilled to be producing and co-financing ‘Fair and Balanced.’ We love the project, filmmakers and cast and look forward to supporting their vision.”
Deadline adds: “The project written by ‘The Big Short’ Oscar-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph quickly became a who’s-who all-star ensemble, the latest to join Monday was Malcolm McDowell to play News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch. Charlize Theron is attached to play Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie is Kayla Pospisil, and Nicole Kidman is Gretchen Carlson, the FNC anchor who sued Ailes for sexual harassment two years ago. Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon were also announced to star in the project.”