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DreamWorks, Participant Board Catholic Sex Scandal Project

McCarthy to direct story of Boston Globe investigation

DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have joined the untitled feature about the Catholic Church’s cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts, uncovered by the Boston Globe.

Variety reported in October that “Win Win” helmer Tom McCarthy and scribe Josh Singer (“The West Wing”) had been tapped by Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust to work on the project, which follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who exposed the scandal. At that point, McCarthy had been working in secret for more than a year on the movie.

Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content are producing with Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. David Mizner, who brought the project to Rocklin/Faust, will consult and serve as an associate producer.

Participant’s Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll will exec produce.

Producers have secured life rights of the Globe reporters responsible, including Spotlight Team members Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr. and then-Globe editor Marty Baron.

The Globe team found that Cardinal Bernard Law had hidden years of serial abuse by moving guilty priests from one parish to another, where they often abused again.  The team’s articles won them the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for meritorious public service.

The feature project was announced in April 2010.

“The Boston Globe’s coverage of the Catholic priest scandal opened the door to a bigger story that had worldwide ramifications,” said DreamWorks president of production Holly Bario in a statement. “The story of how this team of editors and reporters came to uncover the truth will make a dramatic and compelling film, especially with the talents of our director Tom McCarthy and his co-screenwriter Josh Singer on board.”

DreamWorks and Participant partnered on Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” “The Help,” “The Kite Runner,” “The Soloist,” and the upcoming “The Fifth Estate.”

McCarthy directed and wrote “The Visitor,” “The Station Agent” and “Win Win,” co-created the story for Pixar’s “Up.” McCarthy also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Disney film “The Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm.

Singer wrote the Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” and has worked on “The West Wing,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Lie to Me,” and “Fringe.”

McCarthy is repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Andrew Hurwitz. Singer is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

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