There are two films coming within six months of each other about Roger Ailes and Fox News. The first, “The Loudest Voice,” coming on Showtime, looks at both the rise of Fox and the fall of Roger Ailes because of sexual harassment allegations. The film, yet untitled from Lionsgate, only covers the fall of Ailes.
Showtime’s version is based on Gabriel Sherman’s book “The Loudest Voice in the Room” and stars Russell Crowe as Ailes. The film centers around Megyn Kelly and stars Charise Theron with Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, who was one of the women who accused Ailes of sexual harassment, with John Lithgow as Ailes. Naomi Watts plays Carlson in the Showtime version, which doesn’t even include Kelly. Simon McBurney and Malcolm McDowell are cast as Rupert Murdoch in the films. And yes, many other actors playing Fox News personalities are in the casts.
The two films have some similarities but a lot of differences, according to the story. And the two productions are already trying to battle each other in the media presumably to get an upper hand. I liked Sherman’s book, so that one should be worth seeing.