“Anchorman” and “The Big Short” director/co-writer Adam McKay will serve as executive producer on the comedic political thriller “Crook County” for Treehouse Pictures.
Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly penned the Black List script and will direct the true story tale of the biggest undercover corruption bust in American history.
Emory Cohen plays Terrence Hake, a young lawyer who risked his life to go undercover for the FBI in Chicago in a sting operation. The sting resulted in an unprecedented arrest of over one hundred government officials including 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 8 policemen, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 court officials, and one state legislator.
The FBI flew in more than four hundred undercover agents to train in a prop-and-costume warehouse to commit crimes, get arrested, and hire Mr. Hake to bribe government officials to get them off.
Justin Nappi, Juliet Berman, Linda McDonough and Kevin Messick will produce. Shooting will begin in the spring in Pittsburgh.
McKay is slated to direct a film about Dick Cheney, the Jennifer Lawrence-led “Bad Blood,” and recently directed the HBO pilot “Succession”.