Based on the groundbreaking investigative journalism by David Armstrong, the feature is an inside look into his riveting and perilous journey to reveal the truth behind the deception and misdeeds by the makers of OxyContin.
Armstrong was originally working on a feature about the Sacklers, one of the richest families in America. At the time, very few people knew anything about them-including that they were the sole owners of Purdue Pharma. Over a four-year investigation, he discovered evidence that, in order to maximize their profits, members of the Sackler family knew of and supported Purdue’s concealment of the strength and addiction risks of the drug OxyContin. Since the release of OxyContin, more than two hundred thousand Americans have died from prescription painkiller related overdoses.
The film will be written and directed by the award-winning, husband-wife filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (Beneath The Harvest Sky). 101 Studios and Marquee Entertainment’s Linda McDonough (Drive) will produce and finance the film. David Glasser, David Hutkin and Bob Yari will executive produce.
“We are thrilled to be working with David Armstrong and 101 Studios to tell this vital story. We believe the opioid crisis is the defining social issue of this generation. And, every family affected by OxyContin addiction deserves to know the truth behind the Sacklers’ role in it,” said Gaudet and Pullapilly.
“We are honored to be bringing David Armstrong’s important work to audiences. This is not just another story of America’s opioid crisis, but an insider’s look at how investigative journalism can play an integral role in helping to uncover the truth,” said David Glasser from 101 Studios.
Linda McDonough said, “Aron & Gita are impact filmmakers – with journalism backgrounds they have strikingly blended relevance and realism with cinema and style, in this high-stakes true story.”
CAA Media Finance, which arranged financing for the film, brokered the deal. It was negotiated by David Glasser and James Allen represented by Leif Cervantes de Reinstein of Sheppard Mullin, and the filmmakers were represented by Eric Suddleson of Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson, along with CAA and Anonymous Content.
About 101 Studios:
101 Studios is a global entertainment company dedicated to the acquisition, financing, development, production and distribution of high-caliber, creator-driven storytelling. The studio empowers content creators through first-class collaboration and innovation. Inaugural release was Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War: Director’s Cut, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. Upcoming releases include Sundance Audience award winner Burden featuring Forest Whitaker and Garrett Hedlund, the Russo Brothers acclaimed film Mosul and the French sensation La Belle Epoque. On the television side – 101 produces Taylor Sheridan’s hit series for Paramount Network Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner as well as Sheridan’s upcoming series Mayor of Kingstown.