New movie ‘J6’ to depict Capitol riot
The deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is reportedly poised to get the Hollywood treatment as the subject of a “harrowing and terrifying” feature film.
Billy Ray, who directed Showtime’s 2020 miniseries “The Comey Rule,” is spearheading “J6,” Deadline reported Thursday.
The screenwriter — who said in a tweet last year that he planned on telling the story of some of the Capitol Police officers who responded to the riot — touched down in Washington days after the attack by a mob of Trump supporters, and interviewed some of the lawmakers and law enforcement officials who lived through it, according to Deadline.
“The goal was to do a ground-level view of a momentous day,” Ray told the site about the project, which he wrote and is slated to direct. “It’s about protesters who became rioters and cops who became defenders of democracy. Someone else can tell the story of the chaos at the White House on that day. I wanted to stay in the trenches.”
Adam McKay, who directed the Netflix hit “Don’t Look Up,” will serve as one of the film’s producers.
McKay called Ray’s script both “harrowing and terrifying,” saying the movie is “sure to become the definitive cinematic document on that gut wrenching day.”
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