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Roger Ailes-Megyn Kelly Movie in the Works From ‘Big Short’ Writer

Variety logo Variety 12/9/2016 Justin Kroll
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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has landed an untitled pitch from “The Big Short” scribe Charles Randolph revolving around Megyn Kelly and the women who made sexual harassment accusations against Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News.

The pitch made the rounds this week and Annapurna was quick to pick it up. Margaret Riley will produce with Ellison and Randolph.

Randolph will likely write the script as Annapurna looks for a director to helm the project. Randolph’s writing partner on “The Big Short”, Adam McKay, who also helmed the pic, recently set up a Dick Cheney pic at Paramount.

This marks the second project to focus on the subject, after the announcement of a TV project from Jason Blum based on the reporting by journalist Gabriel Sherman, who chronicled Ailes’ exit from Fox News this past summer following sexual assault allegations from several women, most notably former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

The news made headlines this year when Ailes was forced to resign after Carlson and other women accused Ailes, who was regarded as the most powerful man in news media, of making unwanted sexual advances.

Randolph most recently won an Oscar for his work on “The Big Short.” Annapurna is currently developing David O. Russell’s TV series on Amazon and most recently released the animated comedy “Sausage Party.”

He is repped by CAA and Lighthouse Management and Media. 

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