Annapurna Pictures has acquired a pitch about the alleged sexual misconduct perpetrated by former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and has put the movie on the fast track, TheWrap has learned.
Charles Randolph, who co-wrote “The Big Short” with Adam McKay, sold his script to Megan Ellison’s production company this week. Ellison will produce alongside Margaret Riley. Randolph is also attached to produce.
The film will focus on Megyn Kelly and other women at Fox News who accused the bombastic chairman of numerous incidents of sexual misconduct and assault. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July, opening the floodgates for others to come out with allegations of their own. Kelly told Fox executives that she, too, had been subject to sexual harassment from Ailes and, two days after, the face of Fox News resigned from the company.
In her book “Settle for More” — released just after the election — Kelly went into more detail about the harassment she said Ailes perpetrated, including allegations of inappropriate touching, grabbing and attempts to kiss her.
Fox settled with Carlson for $20 million in September. Kelly, who President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly targeted during his campaign, remains employed at Fox News — but with a contract that expires in July 2017. She has been reported to have been offered $20 million a year to stay at Fox.
Randolph is represented by CAA and Lighthouse Management.