Hollywood studio secures film rights to Boston clergy abuse investigation

The Hollywood Reporter announced Tuesday that Dreamworks and Participant Media have obtained the rights to the Boston Globe’s yearlong investigation of clergy sex abuse in Massachusetts.

The investigation by the Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston. The 2002 revelations have had worldwide repercussions for the Catholic church that continue today in terms of allegations, settlements and pastoral policy.

The Globe won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the scandal in 2003.

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Tom McCarthy, who wrote and directed “The Visitor,” “The Stations Agent” and “WinWin” will direct and co-script the film with veteran television writer Josh Singer.


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