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The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on some documents that were suspected to be forgeries.
Cate Blanchett is attached to play Mapes, who was fired after the scandal, which was dubbed “Rathergate.”
Mapes’ memoir, Truth and Duty, was published in 2005. The Peabody Award-winning producer had worked for CBS’ 60 Minutes since 1999. After Rather’s report on Bush aired, it became the subject of harsh criticism, and an internal investigation was launched. Subsequently, Mapes was accused of lapses in judgment and was fired, while Rather’s career and reputation were jeopardized. Both Mapes and Rather have stuck by their reporting and neither they nor CBS has ever issued an official retraction.
James Vanderbilt, the screenwriter behind The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down, will adapt the screenplay, and make his directorial debut with the project, which Mythology Entertainment is producing. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen are producing.
Vanderbilt is repped by WME, UFUSE Management and McKuin Frankel.
Redford, who most recently appeared All Is Lost and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.
Two-time Oscar winner Blanchett has several projects coming to theaters in the next year, including Cinderella, Carol and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. She’s repped by CAA and RGM Artists.
Update: Rather spoke THR about the film, saying he was “cautiously optimistic.”
“Although I have no illusions,” he adds. “Not everybody is going to like the idea that a film is being made. And not everybody is going to like the film, however it turns out.”
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