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Film ‘The Algorithm’ about the January 6 insurrection in the works of Wayfarer studios – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Wayfarer Studios has announced the acquisition of The algorithma narrative feature film by Nenad Cicin-Sain (The moment) exploring how social media platforms handled the attack on the US Capitol, which took place on January 6, 2021.

The film will seek to explore what happened during and after the event, when the platforms went into crisis mode, ultimately resulting in then-US President Donald Trump being permanently banned from several major social networks. It will cover what happened behind the scenes of this historic moment, who ultimately made the unprecedented decision to ban Trump, and how the decision-making process unfolded, also wondering if social media platforms have a position of arbiters of freedom of expression.

Cicin-Sain is committed to writing the feature film, based on his own processing. Angela Cardon will develop the project on behalf of Wayfarer Studios, which will serve as her financier, with Justin Baldoni, Manu Gargi and Andrew Calof set to produce. Further details about the film’s director, cast, and planned production dates are yet to be announced.

“I became fascinated with how social media was changing society and started looking for ramifications with no intention of writing a screenplay,” Cicin-Sain said. “But when I found these extraordinary character stories of people who shape the direction of society through the way we interact and communicate with each other, I felt there was something that needed to be said.”

“It is important at Wayfarer Studios that we address the issues we all face as a society. This film has no partisan political agenda,” added Wayfarer Studios President Jamey Heath. “Because of January 6, several steps have been taken to question whether the right to free speech outweighs our need for truth and accurate facts. This moment in our history underscores the importance for us as a people to be diligent seekers of truth for the betterment of our nation and, quite frankly, for the betterment of the world. We are motivated to analyze these events and issues in all their aspects.

Cicin-Sain recently wrote the screenplay These people, which will be produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films, after being picked up by Bron Studios in a competitive situation. His first feature film, The momentstarring Frank Langella, Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson and Corey Stoll, premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

Wayfarer Studios is an independent production studio co-founded by Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz and led by Heath, which recently announced plans to develop a live-action feature based on the classic arcade game, Pac man. In 2020, Wayfarer released the film directed by Baldoni Clouds, the first feature film to be released on Disney+. Other upcoming projects of the company include Wool and Empire Waist.

Cicin-Sain is represented by WME and Bruns Brennan Berry.