“Motive for truth and accuracy became the catalyst that drove this story…I don’t think many understand the value of a good newsroom. The L.A. Times used to have 19 reporters covering legislature and now they have 4. When you have fewer reporters covering a story, you have far less accountability.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Creative Screenwriting article by Carla Iacovetti
“[The concept for Spotlight] was brought to me by Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust, two of the producers …and what they pitched me was loosely how they thought the movie would open, or at least how the story started, I should say, not the movie, because the movie opened very differently from what they pitched. This idea of Marty Baron arriving at The Boston Globe–there was just something really interesting and compelling about this outsider arriving in Boston, taking over this city newspaper in a very Irish Catholic city, and asking some very straightforward but tough questions about the Catholic Church. I was immediately like, ‘yeah, that’s interesting.’”
Spotlight director & co-screenwriter Tim McCarthy
“We wrote dozens, dozens and dozens of drafts. We did a first draft very quickly and kept going at it and going at it, and Tom would always have this innate sense of, like, “No, we’re not fast enough here.” It was almost like an education, getting to sort of follow that lead. And it went all the way through to when we were on set. We did a ton of rewriting on set. I’ve never in the past understood why you would rewrite on set. But you see this thing being created and evolving around you and again, it was always Tom saying, “We don’t quite have this scene,” or, “It’s not doing what it needs to do at this point in the picture. What can we do?” We’d be arguing back and forth in the car and we’d come up with a conclusion and then we’d go spend an hour writing over a beer. It was relentless.”
The result of their relentlessness was as Academy Award Best Original Screenplay (as well as the film itself winning a Best Picture Oscar.)