Saturday, May 18, 2024

Fox News-Roger Ailes All-Star Film Dropped Suddenly Before Production by Annapurna Films


The all -star film about Roger Ailes and the fall of Fox News in the #MeToo scandal has been dropped suddenly by Annapurna Pictures.

That’s the company owned by Megan Ellison, the daughter of Oracle founder billionaire Larry Ellison. Dad is a huge Republican donor, which may have figured in the decision.

“Fair and Balanced” will be directed by Jay Roach, and stars John Lithgow, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie among others. It takes in the whole world of Ailes and the sexual harassment cases at Fox News.

Another studio will likely pick the film up in the next 24 hours.

Annapurna dropping “Fair and Balanced” is a head scratcher. They’re in need of a hit badly, with current film “The Sisters Brothers” dead at the box office and “If Beale Street Could Talk” not looking promising.

Ironically, Annapurna is about to launch “Vice,” which will take a comic and critical look at former VP Dick Cheney.

But “Fair and Balanced” may have hit a sore spot. Or, as suggested, its budget may have ballooned past their comfort point.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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