Andrew Wakefield Getting Hollywood Biopic

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

As of Tuesday May 3, 2016, Terry Rossio, screenwriter most famously known for ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Shrek,’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ and Dr. Jocelyn Stamat, a practicing otolaryngologist, will be developing a screenplay based on Andrew Wakefield’s 2010 book.

In a statement released by Rossio he states that, “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.” From this quote, it is pointing to the film being a positive outlook on Wakefield’s ideas and, therefore, will give his ideas some kind of credibility, even though it has been picked meticulously apart.

Wakefield has also directed and starred in his own film, ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ which caused controversy when Robert De Niro endorsed the film at the Tribeca Film Festival, only to pull it from the line up one day later.

The book, titled, ‘Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines — The Truth Behind a Tragedy’ was published just after his 1998 study about linking measles, mumps, and rubella to autism was retracted by The Lancet. His medical license was also retracted during this time period. In his book he puts the self-image out of him being unfairly targeted by the medical establishment, even though there have been scientific studies which go against his anti-vaccine stance.

Joel Harrison wrote a journal article which successfully debunks Wakefield’s claims. According to STAT News Harrison said, “The book is just terrible… If he handed it in as a term paper as an undergraduate, I wouldn’t pass him.”

The film has yet to be given a release date but with all the controversy surrounding this issue it would seem like an early to mid 2017 release would make the most sense.


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