Robert Downey Jr. to Star in Richard Linklater’s Next Movie


Thanks to Serial, This American Life and WTF (among others), podcasting has exploded over the past few years both in terms of mainstream awareness and quality of content. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood started to take notice, and indeed, it is starting to feel like podcast adaptations might be the next big thing. Several podcasts are in the process of being adapted for TV (Phil Lord and Chris Miller are making a Serial TV series for Fox) and so far a handful of movies are drawing from episodes of This American Life, including Come Sunday and The Incredible Case of the PI Moms. Now this week director Richard Linklater has decided to throw his hat in the ring with a movie based on an episode of Reply All and Robert Downey Jr is attached to star. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to THR, Richard Linklater will direct an untitled film for Annapurna Pictures based on the episode “Man of the People” from Gimlet Media’s Reply All podcast. The episode revolves around the true story of Dr. John Brinkley, a doctor who rose to fame in the early 20th century for his miracle procedure that involved implanting goat’s testicles in order to improve male sex drive. Throughout his career he was hounded by Dr. Morris Fishbein, the editor of the journal of the America Medical Association, who was determined to prove he was a fraud.

Robert Downey Jr. is attached to star in the movie and will also produce through his Team Downey banner. Although his role is not specified, it seems safe to assume that he will play Brinkley. Brinkley’s story was also recently recounted in Penny Lane’s 2016 documentary Nuts!. Linklater is currently putting the finishing touches on Last Flag Flying starring Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell, plus he is also attached to direct an adaptation of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Are you looking forward to a Richard Linklater / Robert Downey Jr. collaboration?

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  • Peter Harrison

    Which episode of Film Junk would make a good movie? Krampus, Neon Demon road trip and the ep when Frank spilled coffee onto Jay’s Blu-ray all come to mind.

  • 9No

    I’m not sure what makes this an adaptation of the podcast and not just another drama that’s inspired by real events.? But I’m interested because of Linklater and RDJ in something different (for him). :)