Rudy Giuliani Documentary in the Works from 'Rolling Stone'
It will be based on the story "What Happened to America's Mayor?"
Published May 10, 2021Rudy Giuliani may be out of the spotlight for now, but he won't be for long. The former mayor of New York City is set to be examined in a new documentary from MRC Non-Fiction and Rolling Stone.
Zach Heinzerling and Gabrielle Schonder will direct the film, which will be based on Seth Hettena's 2020 Rolling Stone article "What Happened to America's Mayor?" The doc will follow Giuliani's transition from Time's 2001 Person of the Year and a beloved 9/11 leader to Donald Trump's hugely controversial right-hand man.
"Rarely has a public figure in America fallen so far so fast in the public eye," Rolling Stone's director of content development Jason Fine said in a statement. "As we've reported on Rudy's downfall — his bizarre political manoeuvring, shady business dealings, and now, being under criminal investigation by the same U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan that he once ran — we see his story as a parable for the dark forces that have shaped American politics."
The project is being produced and financed by MRC Non-Fiction, the company behind Questlove's Sly Stone documentary and Edgar Wright's Sparks brothers documentary.
"Zach and Gabrielle are both thoughtful storytellers who have had incredible success telling rich stories about complicated characters," Amit Dey, head of MRC Non-Fiction, said. "Of all the things one can say about Rudy Giuliani, 'complicated' may be an understatement but Seth's article captured the essence of what we believe is a true American epic, from Flatbush to Four Seasons Landscaping, regardless of where it ends."
The film, which has yet to be titled, is currently slated for a 2022 release.
Meanwhile, another Giuliani doc is in the works from Campfire Studios and Jed Rothstein, the director of Hulu's WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn. That project is being produced by Forbes' entertainment department and will be based on the magazine's own reporting as well.