Hollywood is a big fan of giving us entertainment that we didn’t ask for. GhostbustersYou can find out more at http://www.amazon.com/?p=238. Bel-Air’s Fresh PrinceDrama and 12 million episodes of Staying up with the Kardashians. In the great tradition of making everything American, Hollywood will make a film about the Capitol’s events on January 6.
Of course, they do.
You can see the absurdities of this film from the names. Billy Ray will direct. You’ll know him from his most recent directorial project that you most certainly did not watch, along with most of America outside Hollywood and a few New York City boroughs, The Comey Rule. Ray said Deadline he wants take a “ground-level” look at the events.
“The goal was to do a ground-level view of a momentous day,” said Ray. “It’s about protesters who became rioters and cops who became defenders of democracy. The story about the chaotic White House that day can be told by another person. I wanted to stay in the trenches.”
Ray will be joined by producer Adam McKay, who’s most recent project Don’t Look Up, a metaphorical movie about the perils of climate change deniers, has achieved about the same level of success as Ray’s last project – hailed by the critics, panned by the audiences.
Ray was the original inventor of a J6 project at Showtime as a five-episode limited series, went back to the drawing board. He transformed 300 pages of scripted material to a 120-page feature screenplay and made something completely new.
“Billy has written a screenplay that is not only harrowing and terrifying but is sure to become the definitive cinematic document on that gut-wrenching day,” McKay said.
We’ll all be waiting on pins and needles to not watch this “definitive cinematic document”, but if you’d like to watch an actual cinematic document from someone who was actually there that day, check out actor/director Nick Searcy’s documentary on the riots and the ensuing arrests, Capitol Punishment. Our own reporter, Jennifer Oliver O’Connell had the privilege of interviewing Searcy about the film.