In the era of Times Up and the #MeToo movement, one of the largest figures to fall was Roger Ailes. He led Fox News for decades, quickly becoming a figure of extreme controversy with how he wanted the network to report the news. In addition to his conservative and right-wing punditry, many accused Ailes of abusing his power for sexual favors. That came to a head in 2016, when he was forced out of Fox. Ailes passed away in 2017 but remains a controversial figure to many. This led Alexis Bloom to turn her camera towards the man in a new documentary “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” which is set to debut at TIFF. Magnolia Pictures and A&E Networks liked what they saw because they’ve jointly acquired the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Magnolia acquired the film A&E. A&E will still hold onto the television rights, but Magnolia will release the film theatrically. They are eying a Dec. 7 release date in order to qualify for the 2019 Oscars. After the success of “RBG” earlier this year, Magnolia is confident they can turn “Divide and Conquer” into a financial hit for the studio as well. Bloom also directed “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” in 2013.
Ailes, a man who seemed larger than life for years, continues to be a lightning rod for controversy despite his passing. He became well known for his sexual advances on employees, including Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly. After years of pressure, Fox News finally pushed him out of the company in 2016. However, he joined the Donald Trump campaign and helped to steer him towards an electoral victory. Ailes remained a controversial figure until his death, but his story unquestionably changed America (for the worse).