Gary Webb, the investigative journalist best known for his massive "Dark Alliance" series, which ran in three parts in the San Jose Mercury News
was a former statehouse correspondent for the Plain Dealer.
Webb will be portrayed by Jeremy Renner in the Hollywood film "Kill the Messenger," opening locally October 10. In 2004,
Webb committed suicide after his reports linking the Reagan-era CIA to the cocaine epidemic in the United States was discredited by major outlets in the mainstream media, though Webb was largely accurate
. (There's also a righteous profile of Webb and the whole story in this 1988 Esquire piece
Here's the film's synopsis. It's one we've been excited about for months:
Gary Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
You can watch the trailer below. The film boasts an all-star cast (Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, and Andy Garcia, to name a few) and is directed by Michael Cuesta
, a TV guy who's directed episodes on Six Feet Under, Dexter