By: Malcolm Kelner
After an uncharacteristic couple-week lull in which no Emerson College-related stories went viral, a big announcement has thrust the school back into national headlines where it belongs.
Days before the Academy Awards, Open Road Films has officially green-lighted a sequel to the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” and it will center around Emerson’s #2 news publication, the Berkeley Beacon.
Just as its prequel involved a Boston newspaper breaking a huge story (the Boston Globe’s 2001 report revealing years of systematic sexual abuse and cover-up by Boston’s Catholic Church), “Spotlight 2” will do the same — telling the story of the Beacon’s bombshell spring 2015 report revealing Emerson had a problem with diversity and inclusion.
“This is a brave story that needed to be told,” said “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy, who jumped at the chance to also direct the sequel.
“Just as ‘Spotlight’ showed the power of journalism to expose a huge problem, ‘Spotlight 2’ will do the same. No one had any idea Emerson lacked diversity until the Beacon staff had the guts to expose the ugly truth, just like the Globe did previously.”
“And the way they did it, with all those neat graphs… wow. That’s all you can say about it,” McCarthy added.
The excitement over the film doesn’t stop there.
Open Road has also confirmed there will be a star-studded cast, just like the first film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Stone, and Zoe Kravitz are just a few of the actors already signed on, ready to convincingly portray the millennial characters on the Beacon staff who were part of the famous report.
“In today’s world, it’s harder and harder to find the truth, but thanks to the heroes at the Berkeley Beacon, it’s not gone quite yet,” McCarthy concluded, wiping a tear from his eye.
At press time, Paramount Pictures had announced the filming of “The Big Short 2,” the real-life story of how thousands of Emerson students were duped into paying a quarter of a million dollars for a meaningless piece of paper.