The Report is a 2019 American drama film written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney and Jon Hamm.
The plot follows staffer Daniel J. Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA’s use of torture following the September 11 attacks.
The film covers more than a decade’s worth of real life political intrigue exploring and compacting Jones’s 6,700-page report into a compelling narrative. Burns has previously released fact-based films, such as: The Informant! which is based on real events; and Contagion which was inspired by various contemporary pandemics.
Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones is tasked with leading an investigation into the CIA’s systematic torture of terrorist suspects in the years following the September 11 attacks.
The investigation concludes that the so called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA were brutal, immoral, and ineffective forms of torture, and that the CIA routinely misrepresented these facts to policymakers.
When the Senate Intelligence Committee attempts to publish their findings, they have to contend with the CIA and White House’s attempts to block and undermine the report.
The Report is a thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program created in the aftermath of 9/11.
Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a shocking secret from the American public.
The project was announced in April 2018 with Scott Z. Burns directing and writing, and Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison signed on to star.
The film began production on April 16, 2018 in New York with Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie, Matthew Rhys, Ted Levine and Michael C. Hall added to the cast the following month. In June 2018, Maura Tierney joined the cast.
Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film. In October 2019, it will appear as a spotlight film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on 15th NOV 2019