NEW YORK – Shamed reporter Jayson Blair's (search) tale of plagiarism and deceit is coming to a TV screen near you.
Showtime (search) announced yesterday it will produce "The Jayson Blair Project," based on the story of the ex-New York Times (search) reporter who was fired for plagiarism and fabrication on hundreds of stories he filed over a period of several years.
Blair's actions caused The Times to print the longest mea culpa in its history - and resulted in the firing of top editors Howell Raines (search) and Gerald Boyd as well as an internal investigation and an overhaul of its reporting policies.
"Most films based on the world of journalism focus on how a reporter gets his story against amazing odds or even how they put their lives in peril," said Showtime president Robert Greenblatt.
"This film will explore what made Jayson Blair so self-destructive and how his actions single-handedly destroyed his journalism career."
The movie will be based, in part, on articles penned by former Newsweek writer Seth Mnookin, who's currently writing a book about The New York Times.