Hollywood Reporter: Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power.
The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted after Rather reported that George W. Bush had gotten to serve in the National Guard in order to avoid the Vietnam War.
Cate Blanchett is attached to play Mapes, who was fired after the scandal, which was dubbed “Rathergate.”
Mapes’ memoir, Truth and Duty, was published in 2005. The Peabody Award-winning producer worked for CBS’ 60 Minutes starting in 1999. After Rather’s report on Bush aired, it became the subject of harsh criticism, and an internal investigation was launched.
Subsequently, Mapes was accused of lapses in judgment and was fired, while Rather’s career and reputation were jeopardized.
James Vanderbilt, the screenwriter behind The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down, will adapt the screenplay, and make his directorial debut with the project, which Mythology Entertainment is producing. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen are producing. Vanderbilt is repped by WME, UFUSE Management and McKuin Frankel.
Redford, most recently appearing All Is Lost and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.
Ah, Redford and Rather – good little commies. Another Hollyweird movie that I predict will tank.
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