James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
The film will center on Rather’s 2004 report on CBS’ “60 Minutes Wednesday”about a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record that had been discovered in the files of the president’s former commanding officer. The authenticity of those documents was called into question, which led to claims that the memos were forgeries.
Rather and CBS initially defended the story — released during the height of Bush’s re-election campaign — but wound up retracting it 12 days after the initial broadcast. “If I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question,” he said.
CBS fired Mapes, who was the story producer, and Rather left CBS News in 2006. In 2007, he sued CBS, Viacom and its top management for making him a “scapegoat” in the story; the suit was dismissed in 2009 by a New York state appeals court.
Vanderbilt is adapting Mapes’ 2005 memoir “Truth And Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.”
Mythology, a partnership between Vanderbilt, Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis, stumbled last year with its first project “White House Down.” It’s also developing “Blackout,” based on the true story of a serial killer in 1940-41 in Nazi Germany and “The Shining” prequel “The Overlook Hotel,” written by Glen Mazzara.
Vanderbilt is repped by WME and Bondesen. Redford is repped by WME; Blanchett is repped by CAA and RGM Artists.
News was first reported by the Deadline.com site.