Dreamworks Plans Pedophile Priest Project

DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe.

Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors. The team spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Catholic Church leadership.

Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests and opened the floodgates to other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world which still reverberate today.

For their efforts, the Globe team won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 “for its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.”

Thomas McCarthy (“The Visitor,” “The Station Agent”) has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer (“The Fifth Estate”). Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce.

Source: Dreamworks Pictures