Like a bug to a light it seems that the movie industry has been attracted to real life scandals and tragedies for years, just look at the murderer and body snatcher Edward Theodore “Ed” Gein, the 33 trapped Chilean miners, or the death of singer Jenni Rivera these stories have all inspired ideas made for the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is now time for one of the most controversial stories of the Catholic Church to make its theater debut. DreamWorks and Participant Media plan to make a film about the church’s child molestation scandals. This past Tuesday, the two companies announced that they acquired the rights to material in the Boston Globe’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning report about the decades-long abuse by priests and cover-ups by the church. This story by the Globe led to the resignation of the Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law, the publication added.
“The Boston Globe’s coverage of the Catholic priest scandal opened the door to a bigger story that had worldwide ramifications,” said DreamWorks president Holly Bario in an interview with THR. “The story of how this team of editors and reporters came to uncover the truth will make a dramatic and compelling film, especially with the talents of our director Tom McCarthy and his co-screenwriter Josh Singer on board.”
This film will surely ignite debate, but specially within the Latino community in the U.S. and abroad. During the recent election of Pope Francis the world came to the realization that Hispanics are the driving force behind the Catholic Church. After the many years of Latinos hearing about the abuse of pedophile priests in Latin America and most recently in the U.S., the question remains if they will they be against or for the movie, we’ll just have to wait and see. For now, I think that DreamWorks and Participant Media have big shoes to fill because similar movies have been successfully made such as the 1976 “All the President’s Men” about two reporters that uncover President Nixon’s Watergate scandal, and Pedro Almodovar’s 2004 “Bad Education” (La Mala Educacion) about the sexual abuse by priests in a Catholic boarding school.
Let us know if you are looking forward to the film or if you disagree with it being made.