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Alex Gibney prepping Roger Ailes’ doc

Filmmaker Alex Gibney has been quietly prepping a documentary about ousted Fox head Roger Ailes. Gibney (pictured) confirmed the documentary with The Hollywood Reporter, though added that as a matter of course, he wouldn’t ...
January 26, 2017

Filmmaker Alex Gibney has been quietly prepping a documentary about ousted Fox head Roger Ailes.

Gibney (pictured) confirmed the documentary with The Hollywood Reporter, though added that as a matter of course, he wouldn’t provide more details about what he’s working on. There are no filming details, nor has a title, producing partner or release date been announced. Gibney has not responded to request for comment at press time.

Gibney is no stranger to high-profile controversial documentaries: His most recent film 2016 Zero Days explored the Stuxnet virus designed to target industrial complexes (and allegedly developed by the U.S. for use on Iranian nuclear facilities). Prior to that, he also released a documentary, Going Clear, which dove into the Church of Scientology for HBO, as well as the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, which explored the use of torture in Afghanistan.

He’s not the only one prepping work on Ailes, who was forced to step down as head of Fox after allegations came to light over alleged sexual harassment claims, including one from prominent TV host Megyn Kelly. There is currently a mini-series in the works from reporter Gabriel Sherman who wrote an autobiography on Ailes and Blumhouse Television, as well as a new film from The Big Short’s Charles Randolph focused on the women who came forward with allegations.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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