On January 6, 2021, supporters of Donald Trump entered the Capitol to try to prevent the certification of the election of Joe Biden. A day of national drama for the United States, and hours during which the world’s first democracy faltered. Adam McKay will produce a film about this momentous day.
The storming of the Capitol, the day when American democracy wavered
Until the end of his term as 45th President of the United States, a term as historic as it is absurd, Donald Trump will have endangered the first democracy in the world. On January 6, 2021, as the certification of the November 2020 presidential election results, which named Joe Biden as the new president, is due to take place, Donald Trump urges his supporters to block this final step. Thousands of its participants then gather in Washington and storm the Capitol – the seat of Congress and the equivalent of our National Assembly -, overwhelm the police and break into it.
Considered by many observers to be an insurrection, even “domestic” terrorism, this event constitutes the most serious “domestic” attack in the United States since the Civil War, which took place between April 1861 and April 1865. The images of this day have gone around the planet and chilled the blood of Americans like that of the whole world. After several hours of riots, certification resumes its course and Vice President Mike Pence can formalize the election of new President Joe Biden overnight. As announced by Deadline, this historic event will be the subject of a film, produced in particular by Adam McKay.
The screenwriter of Captain Phillips to the realization
It is Billy Ray, renowned screenwriter and also director, who will direct this film. He is known for the journalistic approach to his work. He notably worked on the screenplays of The Hunger Games, Power games and Gemini Man, and writes those of Captain Phillips and of The Richard Jewell Case. Recently, he scripted and directed the mini-series The Comey Rule, based on the memoirs of James Comey, former director of the FBI. These chronicle the 2016 election and the first months of the Trump presidency. Very affected by the assault on the Capitol, he went to Washington in the following days to meet and interview participants in the event. Its objective was to capture the most authentic testimonials and memorabilia fresh possible. As he told Deadline:
The aim was to get the most direct view of this momentous day, about protesters who became rioters and police who became guardians of democracy. Someone else can tell the story of the chaos in the White House that day. I wanted to stay in the trenches.
Initially, Billy Ray had the project to tell this day with a mini-series, already written. He took it all back to finally make a movie out of it.. His perspective is exactly that of Adam McKay. This one, after Don’t Look Up, will therefore produce a narrative on this American event of very great importance.
The fun is over for Adam McKay
The time of pure comedy is therefore well and truly over for the director of The Big Short and Vice. Now, his achievements and productions realistically deal with contemporary political, economic and social events. If he always leaves room for dark humor and his sense of comedy, his “new” cinema offers documentary material which he wishes the public to react to. He produced the series Succession and the documentary Q: Into the storm, a dive into the conspiratorial sphere and the QAnon small group. For the Capitol Storming film project, he said:
Billy has penned a screenplay that is not only poignant and terrifying, but is sure to provide the definitive cinematic document of that harrowing day.