Focus Features is developing Rachel Maddow’s Bag Man as a feature film with Ben Stiller directing. Bag Man is based on Rachel Maddow’s podcast about the true story of one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history, which played out before the country while nobody was paying attention. Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember?
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s Peabody Award-nominated podcast went back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day. There’s intrigue. Corruption. Envelopes of cash delivered to the White House. It’s a story that’s not well known, but it probably should be. Especially today. Bag Man.
Adam Perlman wrote the script along with Ben Stiller and Mike Yarvitz. Yarvitz executive produced the podcast and co-wrote the subsequent book with Maddow.
Producers are Lorne Michaels, Ben Stiller, Mike Yarvitz and Josh McLaughlin.
Executive producers are Nicky Weinstock, Michael Price, Erin David, Andrew Singer and Rachel Maddow.
Casting is yet to be announced.