Left-wing Hollywood, which has been congenitally short of original movie ideas, now wants to make sure that one three-hour riot will forever be a part of American lore.
Director and writer Adam McKay has decided to produce a dramatization of the Jan. 6 Capitol protest and riot, titled “J6,” which sounds more like a reboot of the late 80’s “Short Circuit” films than a serious retelling of the events of that day. Get ready for gallons of semantic overload on the term “insurrection,” which has already lost much of its actual meaning as it is.
Given McKay’s extraordinary success as a co-writer for the hugely popular Will Ferrell vehicles “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and “The Other Guys,” one wonders why he would turn his attention to something as grossly sensationalized as the Jan. 6 riot, except perhaps to sabotage his own career. After all, more people died at the Travis Scott “Astroworld” concert in Houston last November than did on Jan 6.
The screenplay was written by Billy Ray, who directed the Showtime miniseries “The Comey Rule” as well as the arguably underrated “Richard Jewell.” Ray will also helm “J6” as director for his own screenplay.
“The goal was to do a ground-level view of a momentous day,” Ray told Deadline. “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.”
McKay was reportedly preparing for the Netflix release of his climate-change satire “Don’t Look Up” when he read the script for “J6” and decided to come on board the project as a producer.
“Billy has written a screenplay that is not only harrowing and terrifying but is sure to become the definitive cinematic document on that gut-wrenching day,” McKay told the outlet.
“J6” does not have a release date yet, as the script is being shopped around to various studios and streaming properties as well as to potential financial guarantors.
Director Ray was apparently “deeply affected” by the events of Jan. 6 and traveled to Washington, D.C. a few days afterward in order to interview witnesses that included Capitol police officers Michael Fanone and Harry Dunn, as well as members of Congress who were allegedly trapped inside the Capitol.
Michael Fanone, it should be noted, resigned from the Capitol Police force in December and announced that he will be joining CNN as a law enforcement contributor. So, he’s sure to be one of Brian Stelter’s “reliable sources’ and an objective consultant on the “J6” movie …
A CNN rep confirms that Michael Fanone will start as an on-air contributor in January https://t.co/G7W5c6tITa
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 20, 2021
Ray said he was inspired while writing the script by Cullen Hoback’s HBO documentary series “Q: Into the Storm” and he reached out to Hoback who suggested he bring his script to McKay and producer Todd Schulman at Hyperobject Industries.
“I was at the U.S, Capitol on January 6 with cameras,” Hoback said. “Since then, there’s been a campaign to chisel away at the truth of what really went down. Billy’s journalistic approach will make it more difficult for opportunistic politicians and pundits to rewrite history.”
Folks on Twitter were less than optimistic about the proposed docudrama.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 21, 2022
Siri, what movie will bomb the hardest? https://t.co/U1ykn77L5S
— Subbed (@dw_subbed) January 21, 2022
But why? Is it really necessary? It’s not far enough to be considered “history” so it would seem more like it’s glorifying the event. We don’t need that. https://t.co/LgP9JEzhFr
— Melissa 📚 (TheBookN3rd) 🐐 (@TheBookN3rd) January 21, 2022
NO ONE ASKED FOR THIS https://t.co/1ab1EtpvaF
— Political Emcee (@mrpolicywonk) January 21, 2022
January 6 was the worst thing to ever happen to America and it’s purpose—to overturn democracy—is still ongoing… so let’s make a movie about it! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣
— Steven 🇺🇸🇮🇹🇻🇦 (@SFlipp) January 21, 2022
I just want to know who will be starring as the QAnon Shaman
— Ad Lucem (@AdLucem7) January 21, 2022
No word out of La-La Land on any forthcoming documentaries or dramatizations of the hundreds of riots spawned by Antifa and Black Lives Matter in 2020 that resulted in theft, murder, and property destruction in excess of $2 billion (that is known.)
Near the end of 2020, the Major Cities Chiefs Association released a report wherein it was shown that between May 25 to July 31, 2020, there were 8,700 protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“Of the 8,700 protests, 574 of them were riots that saw mass looting and destruction,” said the report.
So, one riot in 275 years against 574 riots in one year? Leftist Hollywood makes the predictable choice.
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