The paper spent a year investigating abuse allegations, interviewing victims, and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, ultimately revealing that church leadership had made a concerted effort to ignore and in many cases cover-up reported abuse. One accused priest was shuttled from parish to parish, despite the church's awareness of his record.
The scandal rocked the church on both a national and worldwide level, leading to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had a hand in hiding priests' serial abuse. Abuse allegations are still rampant today, and DreamWorks executive vice president Jonathan King said the film would capture "a powerful and still-evolving story."
Members of the Globe's Spotlight Team -- reporters and editors who worked together to investigate and break the story -- who will be featured in the film include then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, and reporters Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, and Matt Carroll. The team won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for their reporting.
"The Boston Globe's coverage of the Catholic priest scandal opened the door to a bigger story that had worldwide ramifications," said DreamWorks production president Holly Bario. "The story of how this team of editors and reporters came to uncover the truth will make a dramatic and compelling film."
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