Alex Gibney, the muckracking documentarian who has taken on Scientology, Wikileaks, the cult of Mac, and the U.S. government, has a new target: disgraced former Fox News head Roger Ailes. THR reports Gibney has been quietly working on a project about Ailes, though that’s all the information he’ll give: “As a matter of course, I don’t talk about what I’m working on.” But if his previous work is any indication, bombshell revelations are all but guaranteed.
The controversial “news” network has mostly gone unscrutinized by filmmakers of Gibney’s ilk; about the only Fox documentary exposé of note is Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, and that came out all the way back in 2004. But Ailes’s fall from grace has, unsurprisingly, given the story an irresistible hook; Spotlight director Tom McCarthy and Blumhouse Television are developing a scripted mini-series based on Gabriel Sherman’s Ailes book The Loudest Voice in the Room, while Big Short co-writer Charles Randolph and Annapurna Pictures are working on a feature film focusing specifically on Ailes, Megyn Kelly, and the other women of Fox who brought him down.
Of course, by the time any of these projects would hit the screen, Fox News could very well be the official state television network, and any films not approved by Dear Leader may be burned, BUT I DIGRESS, LET’S HOPE FOR THE BEST.