Fair and Balanced (film)

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Fair and Balanced
Directed byJay Roach
Produced by
Screenplay byCharles Randolph
Distributed byLionsgate Films
CountryUnited States

Fair and Balanced is an upcoming American drama film directed by Jay Roach from a screenplay by Charles Randolph. The film is set to feature an ensemble cast including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Alice Eve, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Liv Hewson, and Alanna Ubach.


The film centers around the stories of various female Fox News personnel and their altercations with founder Roger Ailes.




On May 18, 2017, it was announced shortly after the death of former Fox News founder Roger Ailes that Annapurna Pictures was in the early stages of developing a film centered around the allegations made against Ailes by female employees, including Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. Charles Randolph was expected to write the film's screenplay.[1] On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Jay Roach had been hired to direct the film.[2] On August 1, 2018, it was announced that the film had been titled Fair and Balanced, in reference to the news channel's former slogan. Additionally, it was further announced that Roach, Randolph, Beth Kono, AJ Dix, and Margaret Riley would act as the film's producers and that Denver and Delilah Productions would serve as the film's production company.[3] On October 9, 2018, it was announced that Annapurna Pictures had dropped out of producing the film, reportedly due to concerns over the film's growing budget. At the time of the announcement, it was confirmed that Bron Studios was staying onboard the film and that producers were reportedly looking at Focus Features, Participant Media, and Amblin Entertainment to potentially help finance the film.[4] The following week, Lionsgate Films began negotiating to join the production after Focus Features and Amblin Entertainment passed on the project.[5] By the end of the month, Lionsgate was reported to be closing a deal to distribute the film.[6]


Alongside the directing and writing announcements, it was reported that Charlize Theron had entered negotiations to portray Kelly in the film.[2] On August 1, 2018, it was reported that Nicole Kidman had begun negotiations to star as Carlson and that Margot Robbie was in talks to play a composite associate producer at the network, with Theron confirmed to star.[3][7] On August 22, 2018, it was announced that John Lithgow had been cast as Roger Ailes.[8] In September 2018, it was reported that Allison Janney had been cast as lawyer Susan Estrich and that Kate McKinnon had been cast to play a fictional producer.[9][10] In October 2018, it was announced that Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, and Alice Eve had been cast as Rupert Murdoch, Douglas Brunt, and Ainsley Earhardt, respectively.[11][6] In November 2018, it was reported that Brigette Lundy-Paine, Liv Hewson, Alanna Ubach, Elizabeth Röhm, Spencer Garrett, and Connie Britton had joined the film's cast, with Lundy-Paine and Hewson cast as fictional characters and Ubach, Röhm, Garrett, and Britton cast as Jeanine Pirro, Martha MacCallum, Sean Hannity, and Beth Ailes, respectively.[12][13][14][15]


Principal photography for the film commenced on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.[16][17]

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  1. ^ Lang, Brent (May 18, 2017). "Roger Ailes Will Be the Subject of Competing Film and TV Projects". Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (May 22, 2018). "Charlize Theron To Play Megyn Kelly In Fox News Movie At Annapurna". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (August 1, 2018). "Nicole Kidman to Play Gretchen Carlson in Fox News Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 9, 2018). "Roger Ailes Movie No Longer In Works At Annapurna; Others Circling To Resuscitate Project". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 15, 2018). "Lionsgate In Talks For Jay Roach's Roger Ailes Project In Wake Of Annapurna Pulling Plug & Focus Features Passing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  6. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 25, 2018). "Mark Duplass & Alice Eve Join Jay Roach's Roger Ailes Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Galuppo, Mia; Kit, Borys (August 1, 2018). "Margot Robbie Joins Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron in Fox News Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Brent, Lang; Kroll, Justin (August 22, 2018). "John Lithgow to Play Roger Ailes in Fox News Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 20, 2018). "Allison Janney To Play Attorney Susan Estrich In Annapurna's Movie About The Roger Ailes Fox News Harassment Scandal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 24, 2018). "Kate McKinnon Joins Annapurna's Fox News Sexual Harassment Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 8, 2018). "Malcolm McDowell to Play Rupert Murdoch in Fox News Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 8, 2018). "Jay Roach's Roger Ailes-Fox News Movie Adds Brigette Lundy-Paine & Liv Hewson". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 14, 2018). "Alanna Ubach To Play Fox News' Jeanine Pirro In Jay Roach's Untitled Roger Ailes Feature". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 15, 2018). "Elisabeth Röhm To Play Fox News Host Martha MacCallum; Spencer Garrett Is Sean Hannity: Jay Roach's Roger Ailes Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Galuppo, Mia (November 16, 2018). "Connie Britton to Play Roger Ailes' Wife in Fox News Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Dupre, Elyse (October 26, 2018). "See Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly in First Look at Roger Ailes Movie". E! News. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  17. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (October 30, 2018). "Megyn Kelly Character Cut From Showtime's Roger Ailes Series (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 30, 2018.

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