'Gosnell' Movie Adds '2016' Co-Director John Sullivan as Executive Producer (Exclusive)
The project, about an abortion doctor convicted of murder, has raised more than $2.2 million through crowdfunding
John Sullivan, who co-directed a couple of the more successful political documentaries in history, will executive produce Gosnell, a movie being made independently through a historic crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than $2.2 million thus far at Indiegogo.com.
Sullivan co-directed Dinesh D'Souza's debut film, 2016: Obama's America as well as its follow-up, America. The former earned $33 million at the domestic box office, making it the second-most-popular political documentary of all time. The latter earned $14 million, also a very strong showing for a documentary film.
Gosnell is planned as a scripted drama about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor imprisoned without the possibility of parole for murder and involuntary manslaughter. A grand jury found that, over several decades until convicted in 2013, Gosnell committed very late-term abortions, killed babies and endangered the lives of his patients.
Although the project quickly exceeded its $2.1 million goal — and in doing so, set a then-record at Indiegogo for a movie — it recently became one of the few film projects taking part in the site's "forever funding" beta test, which allows projects to raise money long after the originally stated goal has been met.
Gosnell is produced by Phelim McAleer and his wife, Ann McElhinney, along with Magdalena Segieda, and the filmmakers are expected to announce today the addition of Sullivan. The movie, which was originally planned as a TV movie but now will be a feature film, is written by Andrew Klavan, a novelist whose True Crime was turned into a movie starring and directed by Clint Eastwood and whose Don't Say a Word was made into a movie starring Michael Douglas.
Sullivan said his goal is to bring the story of Gosnell — including the media personalities, pro-choice activists and bureaucrats who enabled him — "to the screen in a factual but compelling way in all of its unfortunate details. It is a tragic but mesmerizing story of a man who has been called the biggest serial killer in America."
Dec. 15, 6:54 a.m.: Updated to reflect Gosnell is planned as a feature film and no longer a TV movie.