Jeremy Renner will star as Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Armstrong in Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly’s currently untitled feature.
Armstrong – who – through a riveting and perilous journey – uncovered the secrets of how the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma fueled a national nightmare.
Over a four-year investigation, Armstrong 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 award-winning, husband-wife filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (Beneath The Harvest Sky, Queenpins).
Journalist David Armstrong says: “I am gratified that a movie audience will learn of the story behind this crisis, which has ruined so many lives. I am impressed with the vision Gita and Aron have for making this film and thrilled that an actor of Jeremy’s talent and ability will be a major part of telling this story.”
Julie Yorn and Patrick Walmsley from Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment and 101 Studios’ David C. Glasser will produce. David Hutkin, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari will executive produce for 101 Studios.
Most recently, Renner starred as the titular character in Marvel’s series ‘Hawkeye’ for Disney+ and is currently playing the lead in the Paramount+ drama series ‘Mayor of Kingstown,’ which re-teams Renner with ‘Wind River’ creator/writer/director Taylor Sheridan.