The Oscar-nominated writer of “Shrek” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Terry Rossio, is teaming up with Dr. Jocelyn Stamat (a graduate of Harvard and Duke University School of Medicine, a practicing otolaryngologist, and a screenwriter/director), to get the film rights to Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s book, “Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines — the Truth Behind a Tragedy”.

They plan to adapt the book, published in 2010, and produce their movie through their Chamaeleon Productions banner and as part of the deal, Chamaeleon also secured Dr. Wakefield’s life rights. Rossio told The Wrap, “Dr. Wakefield is clearly a polarizing figure, reviled by the general public yet also revered by many. The details and drama surrounding his life are even more remarkable than generally known.” The duo is looking forward to bringing Dr. Wakefield’s story to the big screen and exploring this topic which is so incredibly important to public health.

From article at The Wrap:

“Callous Disregard” details the key events surrounding the 1998 paper in the British medical journal The Lancet, co-authored by Dr. Wakefield, that investigated a potential link between chronic enterocolitis and neuropsychiatric dysfunction in 12 children, most of whom had received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. In 2010, The Lancet retracted the paper after accusations of misconduct were leveled against the co-authors. That same year, the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council, in the lengthiest trial in its history, revoked the medical license of Dr. Wakefield.”

Dr. Wakefield most recently entered his documentary film “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” at Tribeca Film Festival. It was accepted and then rejected by the Festival because film makers threatened to back out if it wasn’t pulled.

Source: The Wrap