In development for some time, the true story Kill the Messenger appears to be moving foward. Deadline reports that Jeremy Renner has signed on to play the lead.

The film is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter who committed suicide after being the target of a smear campaign when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.

Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay, based on the two books the studio optioned: “Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion,” by Webb, and Nick Schou’s “Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb.”

Michael Cuesta is attached to direct with Scott Stuber producing.

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