Marty Baron (yes, our boss) to be portrayed in film about church scandal reporters

April 2, 2013

Marty Baron (Essdras M Suarez/Boston Globe)

Imagine a Bay State version of “All the President’s Men,” with bishops instead of White House aides: The year-long investigation by the Boston Globe into the Catholic Church’s coverup of pedophile priests won a 2003 Pulitzer Prize — and now is being turned into a movie. Dreamworks and Participant Media announced Tuesday that it has acquired the story-behind-the-story, including life rights to key reporters and editors involved — including new Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, who was then the top editor at the Globe. (Another familiar name expected to be portrayed on the big screen: Ben Bradlee Jr., another Globe editor and son of the Post’s legendary former executive editor, now a VP at large for the company.) The movie will be directed by Tom McCarthy (you might remember his role on “The Wire” as a sleazy newspaper reporter), who will co-write it with Josh Singer, a former “West Wing” writer. Baron told us the “life rights” deal means he will share his recollections with the filmmakers, in exchange for some minor sum dependent on the movie’s performance — and that, no, he has no wishlist of actors to portray him.

Update: Boston Magazine suggests Jeff Bridges for Baron, Mark Wahlberg for Bradlee.

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