Universal To Kill the Messenger

Universal Pictures is developing the feature “Kill the Messenger” based on the true story of San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb says Variety.

The reporter committed suicide after being the target of a smear campaign when his 1996 three-part news story series “Dark Alliance” linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import crack cocaine into California.

Former New York Times Magazine correspondent Peter Landesman will write the screenplay, based on Webb’s book “Dark Alliance” and O.C. Weekly reporter Nick Schou’s “Kill the Messenger”.