Robert Downey Jr. and Richard Linklater are bringing the story of notorious charlatan John Brinkley to the big screen.
The Iron Man star and Boyhood director are teaming up for an untitled film based on “Man of the People,” an episode of the Reply All podcast chronicling Brinkley’s exploits, Annapurna Pictures has announced.
Released last month, “Man of the People” recounts how Brinkley scammed his way to fame and fortune in the 1920s and ’30s using fake medicine, populism, and the new technology of radio. As his fame grew, he eventually caught the attention of Dr. Morris Fishbein, a physician and quack-buster who vowed to put him out of business.
In addition to starring, Downey will produce the project alongside Susan Downey and Megan Ellison. Linklater will co-produce with P.J. Vogt, Tim Howard, and Chris Giliberti.
Downey will next be seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming and recently began production on Avengers: Infinity War. Linklater’s next film is an adaptation of the Darryl Ponicsan novel Last Flag Flying.