Richard Linklater and Robert Downey Jr. are teaming up to direct and star in a film based on an episode of Gimlet Media’s REPLY ALL called “Man of the People”.
Annapurna Pictures will partner with Susan and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey production company for the as-yet untitled film based on the true story of Dr. John Brinkley, a charlatan who scams his way to fame using fake medicine, populism, and radio. Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the journal of the AMA, begins a quest to take him down as Brinkley becomes more famous — mainly for transplanting goat testicles into humans. The episode aired January 19.
Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. will produce alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Linklater will co-produce through his Detour Filmproduction banner with Gimlet Media’s PJ Vogt, Tim Howard, and Chris Giliberti.
Downey Jr.’s next film is Spider-Man: Homecoming, while Linklater (director of the Oscar-winning Boyhood) is in post-production on his latest feature Last Flag Flying starring Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston.