Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, ‘Judge’ Writer Reteam on Presidential Debate Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Susan and Robert Downey
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The team behind “The Judge” is taking on the political scene next as Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, and screenwriter Bill Dubuque are developing an untitled presidential debate dramedy for Warner Bros.

Dubuque will pen the script with Downey Jr., Downey and David Gambino producing for Team Downey, along with Mark Williams.

Gambino and Rob Hackett will oversee for Team Downey. Courtenay Valenti and Julia Spiro are overseeing for Warner Bros.

The comedic drama is set in the high-stakes backdrop of three presidential debates where millions of dollars and months of campaigning come down to 270 minutes of highly scrutinized political theatre.

The original idea was hatched by Team Downey and Dubuque. No actors or director are currently attached to the project.

“The Judge” resulted in an Academy Award nomination for Downey Jr.’s co-star, Robert Duval.

Team Downey recently announced that Paul Thomas Anderson would be writing their reimagining of “Pinocchio,” while Dubuque’s scripted thriller “The Accountant,” starring Ben Affleck, just wrapped shooting.

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  1. 5thStFreddie says:

    The Judge was a wankin’ piece of TV Movie “tug at your heart strings” as the dickhead son and crusty old dad reconcile while dad’s poopin’ his bloomers. Seriously? What is this with Downey? Other than playing Chaplain, is he ever not – Downey? Stick to Ironman and stop pretending anyone with an IQ over 80 really cares.

  2. Vern says:

    Just another project that will be in development forever and if by chance it sees the big screen it will be an embarrassment for Downey. The Judge was truly awful, I can’t believe he even wanted to be part of this cliche overladen desaster.

  3. let's be real says:

    The Judge was one of the worst movies I saw last year. Truly terrible. I can’t believe they want to work with that screenwriter again. Ugh.

  4. Song and Emotion says:

    Robert Junior and his little gang are a den of Hollywood conservatives trying to write these movies that come off as independent and benevolent while carrying tid bits of conservative propaganda. The Judge was vastly overrated. In fact, RDJ’s acting is just about all that saves it. Can’t wait to watch this new political effort when it’s out on netflix. I’ll spoil the premise for you now. Race baiting, welfare promising Democrats, Extreme Right Wing, war mongering Republicans, and an innocent, perfect so perfect libertarian candidate who has the same economic agenda as the right wing republicans but smokes weed! And the media is unfair to him. And he, along with his fellow thirty something white male millennials who just want minorities and gays to tone it down a couple of notches, are the real victims! Of course, RDJ will be awesome in it. The rest of it will be quite transparent and predictable.

  5. rowana says:

    Trolls galore here, I see. I enjoyed “The Judge” and thought it was unfairly maligned by many – it was a heartfelt and enjoyable drama with great acting, and for the first movie out of the box for Team Downey, it brought in an Oscar nomination – which is quite an achievement in anyone’s book. Looking for further creative ideas from this team.

  6. James says:

    The Judge would have been a much better movie if it had more focus and less subplots. It seems like Downey wanted to shove in more story and character paths(2 and 1/2 hours for a studio drama) to make up for the fact that he’s barely done anything outside of studio franchises in years.

    • rowana says:

      And the fact that he’s using his “studio franchise” money to set up and produce his own films is part of that — isn’t that the wisest use of “superstardom,” to help finance more creativity and innovation and get your own ideas and projects out there? That’s what’s cool about many of our top actors setting up their own production shops. And don’t forget, RDJ has ONLY been a Marvel man since 2008 – that’s only seven short years. I think people forget that. Sheesh, give him a chance to enjoy it before criticizing him for “barely doing anything outside of studio franchises.” (And “Tropic Thunder” was in there – with an Oscar nom. Just saying.)

  7. Jacene says:

    Lemme guess, anti-gun, anti-Corporation, anti-Defense, etc-etc., EVERYTHING that made them hundreds of millions

    • Jedi77 says:

      Guns and defense didn’t make him his money – films about guns and defense made him his money. When he starts making anti-gunfilms nad anti-defensefilms films – get back to me. In the meantime, who cares? No, really. Who cares? Who?

  8. Timmy says:

    Haven’t they learn? Outside of Iron Man RDJ is a dud. Plus he can’t act.

  9. cadavra says:

    Sounds like the sort of thing that’s right in Downey’s wheelhouse. Can’t wait to see what worthy competitor gets the other role.

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