It has been announced that Richard Linklater, director of ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Dazed and Confused,’ is set to team up with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star Robert Downey Jr. for an untitled feature film based on the episode ‘Man of the People’ from Gimlet Media’s ‘Reply All.’
The podcast, which aired in January, tells the true story of charlatan Dr. John Brinkley who scams his way to fame and fortune using fake medicine, populism, and the newest technology of the time: radio. As Brinkley’s fame grows, he gets the attention of Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the American Medical Association who begins a decade long quest to take him down.
Downey Jr. is on board to star, as well as producer with his Team Downey partner and wife Susan Downey. Megan Ellison of Annapurna will co-produce alongside Linklater and his Detour Film production banner.