Investigative Journalism, Catholic Church Part of Tom McCarthy’s Next Film

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Actor/writer/director Tom McCarthy (“The Visitor,” ‘Win, Win”) plans to direct a movie examining the efforts of Boston Globe reporters to uncover child molestation scandals in the Catholic Church.

According to The Boston Globe itself, the untitled project will be in the vein of “All the President’s Men.”  The production companies Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust have hired McCarthy as well as screenwriter Josh Singer. (McCarthy is an acclaimed screenwriter, so I’m a little curious why Singer was hired.)

Just how important were the articles produced by the Globe reporters? Here’s some more PR in the guise of reporting.

The Globe eventually discovered that Cardinal Bernard Law , America’s Senior Catholic Prelate, had hidden years of serial abuse by moving guilty priests from one parish to another where the priests often abused again. Law resigned from a Vatican post in 2011. The articles won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service and set off a wave of similar allegations and revelations around the world.

McCarthy, a Boston College graduate who grew up in an Irish Catholic family, says the film appealed to him because it’s “a great reminder of how essential investigative journalism is today.”

Sounds good. McCarthy is a thoughtful, understated director whose films build their power quietly and confidently. He also works wonders with actors: Richard Jenkins and Peter Dinklage virtually owe their careers to him. Maybe this time McCarthy can enjoy that level of recognition.

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