Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection film ‘J6’ in works

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters storm the Capitol, in Washington. People charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol left behind a trove of videos and messages that have helped federal authorities build cases. In nearly half of the more than 200 federal cases stemming from the attack, authorities have cited evidence that an insurrectionist appeared to have been inspired by conspiracy theories or extremist ideologies, according to an Associated Press review of court records. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters storm the Capitol, in Washington. People charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol left behind a trove of videos and messages that have helped federal authorities build cases. In nearly half of the more than 200 federal cases stemming from the attack, authorities have cited evidence that an insurrectionist appeared to have been inspired by conspiracy theories or extremist ideologies, according to an Associated Press review of court records. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

(NEXSTAR) — Just over a year after the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a film based on the events of that day is in the works, Deadline reported Thursday. The project, titled “J6” has some big names attached, including writer/director Billy Ray (“The Comey Rule”) and director Adam McKay (“Don’t Look Up”).

Deadline reports Ray will direct, choosing to pursue the project after interviewing congresspeople who were inside the Capitol that day, as well as Capitol police officers. The script is expected to be sent out to studios shortly while financing is gathered.

Both Ray and McKay (who will produce “J6,” along with others) have a roster of based-on-true-events films. Ray wrote “Captain Phillips” and “Richard Jewell,” while McKay wrote and directed “The Big Short” and “Vice.”

“Billy has written a screenplay that is not only harrowing and terrifying but is sure to become the definitive cinematic document on that gut-wrenching day,” McKay told Deadline.

The Jan. 6 attack is currently under federal investigation and several Trump administration officials have been subpoenaed to participate in the proceedings. On Tuesday, former Pres. Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and three other attorneys were subpoenaed for comments and actions they made regarding unproven fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Members of the House committee managing the investigation are tasked with figuring out the factors that contributed to the attack. Committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement this week: “The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.”

In the year since the attack, dozens of rioters have been charged and convicted for their participation.

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