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A film depicting the 1902 battle between the reporter dubbed one of the first ‘muckrakers’ and the industrial magnate John D Rockefeller is set to be made
Ida Tarbell, a film about the pioneering turn-of-the-century journalist who exposed the monopolisation of the oil industry by the Rockefellers, is to be made by Amazon.
The script, which featured on the 2015 Black List of best unproduced screenplays, is by Mark McDevitt; no director or cast has been announced.
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- Catherine Shoard
Amazon has acquired movie rights to Mark McDevitt’s “Ida Tarbell,” which was named to the 2015 Black List, and set it up with Tom Drumm of Think Tank Management & Production. Think Tank manager Kate Hart brought the Tarbell script into the company and will be an associate producer on the project.
“Ida Tarbell” is the first feature sale for McDevitt, an Irish writer who moved to New York in 1994. The script focuses on Tarbell’s magazine series “The History of the Standard Oil Company,” which explained meticulously how Rockefeller had monopolized the country’s oil business, backed up by thousands of pages of documents and interviews with the corporation’s executives and competitors, government regulators and academic experts.
Her pioneering expose on Standard Oil began in the November 1902 issue »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Amazon has acquired the 2015 Black List biopic script Ida Tarbell by Mark McDevitt for producer Tom Drumm of Think Tank Management & Production to produce. The Irish writer McDevitt moved to New York in 1994 after winning a green card in a lottery. As a writer and journalist, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Independent and The Examiner. This is his first feature script sale, and what better one for a journalist to write than… »
3 items from 2016
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